The Canisius College women's soccer traveled to Syracuse University for a spring scrimmage on Saturday, April 14. The scrimmage included three 30-minute sessions with the Griffs falling to the Orange by a total of 3-0 after three complete periods.
The Orange opened the day's scoring in the first session with the goal skimming the crossbar as it went in for the 1-0 lead.
Fighting for possession, the Golden Griffins were unable to control the ball at midfield. Syracuse was able to take control on a failed Griffs' possession with the Orange bouncing in their second goal of the contest off the far post to take a 2-0 advantage.
The outcome of the first period was not what head coach Jim Wendling was looking for in his young squad. Wendling took the spring opportunity to experiment with different formations and personnel in new positions.
"We just scrambled around defensively and couldn't possess the ball in our midfield, which led to us being outplayed the entire period," said Wendling. "I tried switching things up with a new formation and we did not function well.
Switching to a new formation, the Griffs found better success in the midfield and in the back end. The defense-oriented formation allowed the Griffs to contain and limit the Orange's attack on goal, but took away the Griffs' ability to create offensive opportunties. The result led to a scoreless second-session.
The Golden Griffins' best looks came in the third period with multiple scoring chances. The Griffs managed to generate five solid shots on a tough Orange defense but were unable to find the back of the net. Syracuse would go onto tally their third goal of the day to end the final period.
Splitting time between the pipes for the Griffs were junior goalkeepers Megan Tock and Deanna Bowers.
"Overall, I am not satisified with today's performance," said Wendling. "We have identified some elements of the game that we undoubtedly need to continue to work on but this was a great test for our young team to play Syracuse, a Big East Tournament team."
Three more scrimmages remain on the Golden Griffins' spring schedule, including three the weekend of April 20. On Friday, April 20, the Griffs welcome Cambridge United, a Canadian U-17
club team of the Western Ontario Youth Soccer League to the Demske Sports Complex at 7 p.m. The blue and gold will then hit the road again for their final scrimmages, as they travel south on the I-90 to Fredonia, N.Y. The first game against host Fredonia State is slated for 10:30 a.m. followed by their next contest with Mercyhurst at 1 p.m.