The Syracuse Titans (11-0-0, 7-0-0) defeated the Northridge Knights (3-7-1, 1-5-1) by a score of 1-0 on the road Thursday afternoon. The win completed the season sweep over the Knights for the second straight season. It also qualified the Titans for the 6A playoffs (top four from each region) for the fourth straight season (twice in 6A, twice in 5A). It is the earliest date that the Titans have qualified for the big dance in October.
A dominant defense and Caroline Stringfellow led the way for the Titans. Senior goal keeper Brooklyn Stringfellow (6th win and 4.5 shutouts on the season) and the defensive unit of Porter Brown, Kelsey Steed, Jenna Kelly, Madi Dee and Baylee Sanders kept the net empty on the day. This is the 8th shutout of the season for ‘Cuse. The two senior keepers Stringfellow and Briget Wallace, the two combined lead the state in shutouts.
The lone goal on the day came off of great passing from the entire team, Senior Lauren Burnett found Caroline Stringfellow in the 44′ for the game winning goal. For Caroline, it proved to be her 5th game winning goal this season (9th career). She continues to lead the 6A classification in scoring with 13 goals (42 career). For Burnett it was her 5th assist of the season (11th career). Her play in the midfield along with that of Freshman Claire Colquitt, Senior Gabby Bugtong, Sophomore Genevieve Gotschall and Stringfellow gave the Northridge defense fits all game. Caroline narrowly had her 43rd career goal disallowed from an offside call, one of two for ‘Cuse on the day.
The Titans once again outshot their opponent, 14-9 and had more shots on frame 9-4 as
well. The Titan JV squad (5-4-2, 3-2-2) gave up an early goal in a 0-1 loss to the knights. Overall the Titans lead the Varsity series against Northridge 11-8-2. This was the 80th win in school history.
Next up the Titans will complete the 2018 end of the Highway 193 rivalry by visiting the Clearfield Falcons (2-8-1, 0-6-0) for their third straight road game next Tuesday afternoon, at 3:30 pm. The Titans defeated the Falcons earlier in season by a score of 8-0 back in August. The Titans lead the overall series 10-4-0.