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Silver Knights win dramatic home debut

Indoor soccer team rallies past Rochester Lancers

— “It’s my first indoor goal,” said Buddny. “The moment it went in I went crazy. The fans went crazy. I practiced in the morning. I did not want to embarrass myself to see if I could do it.”

Rochester who has played in an indoor soccer league for 10 years had an uncharacteristically rough start. Syracuse capitalized on a free kick as midfielder Andrea Berenzon hammered in a top shelf shot.

The Silver Knights tallied in 2 more goals that accounted for an 8-0 lead before Mauricio Salles snapped the shutout for the Lancers, drilling in a 12-yard shot. Still, Syracuse overwhelmed their opponent a 13-4 shot advantage early, and Green was nearly flawless as his defense frustrated the Lancers into a different strategy.

In was a tale of two different periods as the Lancers dominated the second frame. A recomposed Rochester squad scored four unanswered goals, reversing the momentum and posting a 9-8 lead at the break.

The third period was a physically intense battle as each team traded scores. Players on both sides were injured, but they all would return before the night was done.

At the 9:25 mark, Alex Megson’s penalty kick was hammered over the head of Tillemont that gave Syracuse a tenuous 10-9 advantage. The lead only lasted momentarily as the Lancers’ defense silenced the Knights’ opportunities.

Rochester outscored Syracuse 6-1 and forced a few breakdowns in defensive coverage. With 2:45 left, the Lancers’ Lubo Kocic cut in front of his defender and scored to widen the margin to 15-12. From that point on, that set the stage for a dramatic ending.

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