EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Petter Stangeland scored with a shot off the near post with just 28 seconds left in regulation time Sunday, lifting No. 8 Syracuse to a 2-1 win over SIUE in men's soccer at Korte Stadium.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 0-2. The Orange improved to 2-0.
SU defender Kamal Miller lifted a long pass down the left sideline, which took an awkward bounce, leaving Strangeland with an open look at goal.
"It's a weird ending," SIUE Head Coach Mario Sanchez said. "I'm gutted for the guys because they played really well against a top-10 team in the country. I couldn't be more proud of them."
The goal followed a flurry of activity, which saw the Cougars nearly take the lead several times in the second period.
Trailing 1-0, the Cougars picked up the equalizer in the 49th minute when Lachlan McLean made the most of a cross from Jorge Gonzalez. McLean settled the ball and struck with his left foot from the top of the box.
"Our second halves have been great," Sanchez said. "But it's still about putting together 90 minutes.
Syracuse broke out on top in the 16th minute when Johannes Pieles stole an errant pass and chipped the ball in over SIUE goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo from 40 yards out.
"If you could take out the two goals, I have no complaints," Sanchez said. "We did well in everything we wanted to do. We really kept them out of the game. They didn't have too many chances. We had a couple of good ones."
Syracuse goalkeeper Hendrick Hilpert made three saves. Dal Santo made a single save.
"There's a lot to be proud of, a lot to look forward to and a lot for us to work with," Sanchez added. "We have a lot of talent and a lot of good pieces and we're going to continue to get better."