Syracuse soccer will kick off at No. 21 North Carolina State on Saturday at 4 p.m., the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Sunday morning. The game can be broadcast on ACC Network.
In Raleigh, N.C., Dino Babers and Co. (5-5, 2-4 ACC) will get a second likelihood to become bowl eligible this season. Syracuse flew down to Louisville after a bye week only to get throttled 41-3 as the Cardinals bottled up Garrett Shrader while U of L quarterback Malik Cunningham had 5 touchdowns at halftime.
The Wolfpack (7-3, 4-2) can be coming off a defeat as No. 13 Wake Forest snapped its six-game successful streak with a 45-42 end in Winston-Salem. NCSU quarterback Devin Leary threw for 4 touchdowns and over 400 yards, but WFU’s Sam Hartman matched him with 4 total touchdowns whereas Justice Ellison ran for 2 extra scores.
Babers, Orange’s sixth-year head coach, can be looking for more focus and urgency from his team — traits that he implied SU lacked at Louisville.
“We let the bye gradual us down, they jumped on prime of us and we couldn’t recover,” Babers advised Matt Park in a postgame interview. “… Once you give (players) time off to heal, generally the mind wanders. And the mind is the factor that it’s a must to beat in conditions like this. We have to play every snap like it’s our last.”
The Orange defense gave up its highest level total of the season as Cunningham, with former teammate Lamar Jackson watching from the sideline, shredded throughout the game’s first half-hour. The twin-threat junior linked on 13-of-18 passes for 209 yards and 4 scores while tallying 19 yards and one other rating — U of L’s first of the afternoon — on the ground.
While SU must play properly to get to 6 wins, there may be one all however guaranteed highlight to come back from the crew’s Week 12 matchup. Tucker sits just 10 yards behind Joe Morris’ single-season program report.”It comes right down to kids being fresh, children being motivated, and coaching,” Babers said in his postgame press convention. “Take your choice.”