It was a trying and learning first week of the season for the Syracuse Titans. To start off the season the Titans played 6 games (3 var/3 jv) in 3 days against local soccer programs the Ogden Tigers, Bonneville Lakers and Northridge Knights.
On Tuesday the Titans gave up an early 2 goals to the Tigers but quickly responded. Freshman Ashlyn Hall opened up the 2017 scoring for the Titans off an assist from Senior Anne Petersen. The halftime score reflected the final with Ogden holding a 2-1 victory over Syracuse.
The prep team (jv) had more success leaving the field in a 3-3 tie against Ogden. Whitney Carlson, Madison Yamashita & Kloe Swallow paced the Titans with one a goal each in the tie.
Wednesday provided the opportunity to play against eventual cup champions Bonneville. The Titans came out strong, dominating possession in the first half and netting an early goal in the 9th minute from Petersen. A stoppage time goal off of a set piece from Bonneville equalized the game and proved to be the momentum shift in favor of the Lakers. The second half was all Bonneville, prevailing in a 3-1 victory.
Prep team lost to the Lakers 1-5. Madison Yamashita provided the lone scoring opportunity for the Titans. Taking her season total to 2 in as many games.
Thursday nights game proved to be a tale of two halves again for the Titans. After settling into a 0-0 halftime score, the knights came out swinging, scoring 37 seconds into the second half. Northridge would add another goal to complete the 2-0 victory.
Prep team finished the tournament with a 0-1-2 record after tying Northridge 1-1. After giving up the header on a set piece, Madi Dee responded with the equalizer for the Titans.
The tournament left the Varsity Titans with an 0-3 record, but not completely dissatisfied with their performance. The coaching staff saw the girls respond to areas asked of them and overall team improvement with every game.
Syracuse completes the busy first week of the season as Desert Hills from Southern Utah visits Titan field in a rare Saturday morning game (Varsity 10 am).