Match Recap

Pulse, Bobcats Draw: Ends In Scoreless Tie

By Noah Schwartz


Opponent: Maryland Bobcats FC

Final Score: 0-0

Match Date: June 4, 2022


Despite numerous chances for both sides, neither the Syracuse Pulse or Maryland Bobcats FC were able to get on the board on Saturday night, as the two teams finished their match in a scoreless tie from Lazer Stadium. 


The teams combined to take 29 shots, including 18 of them on goal, but neither side was able to convert at any point throughout the match as the goaltenders stood tall. Christian Caulker, Maryland’s 33 year old netminder, made 10 saves, while Daniel Gagliardi totaled 8 for Syracuse. Gagliardi, a Miami, Florida native, played his first ever game for the Pulse on Saturday and made quite the first impression. 


Defense was also a major theme as both teams struggled to generate consistent offense. Syracuse and Maryland’s backline units were disruptive and consistently took the ball away or deflected passes in the attacking zone. 


The closest either side got to scoring was in the 29th minute, when Syracuse’s Kaio DaSilva was called offside after putting a shot beyond the reach of Caulker following a precise pass from Evan Waldrep. The Pulse also missed an opportunity in the 56th minute, when Molley Karpeh shot at a mostly open net but missed his attempt slightly to the right. 


Offensively, Darwin Espinal led the way for the Bobcats, as he totaled 5 shots on goal, including one final chance in the 90th minute that would have given Maryland the lead just before the final whistle. For the Pulse, Jakob Popkin and Kaleb Jackson each took 3 shots on net, while Juan Louis attempted 2. 


The Pulse will be in action next on Saturday when they face Chattanooga FC on the road at 7:30 p.m. The Bobcats are off for two whole weeks until June 18, when they will face the Michigan Stars FC.


Game Notes: 

  • Syracuse’s Mason Moyers and Maryland’s David Mason both received yellow cards in the second half. 
  • The Bobcats are 3-3-3 on the season and haven’t won in any of their previous five games. 
  • Saturday marked the fourth time Syracuse has been shut out this year, and it was the second straight game that the Pulse were held scoreless.

The Pulse Fall to Valley United FC at Home, Able To Avoid Severe Thunderstorms

Opponent: Valley United FC

Final Score 0-2

Match Date & Time: June 1st, 2022

Written By: Noah Schwartz 

Alex Tejera’s goal in the 52nd minute wound up being the difference on Wednesday, as Valley United FC defeated the Syracuse Pulse by a final of 2-0 from Lazer Stadium. This was the team’s first victory of the season and also marked its *first win* in the National Independent Soccer Association. 


Both teams went scoreless for the entirety of the first half, but Valley United was able to control possession for most of the first 45 minutes. Syracuse kept the game tied, but the Pulse were only able to muster one shot on goal prior to halftime. 


In the second half, Valley United was able to capitalize twice in the first 23 minutes. Tejera scored 7 minutes in on an assist from David Diosa, which was then followed by Luis Gil’s goal in the 68th minute. Both shots went past Pulse goalie Macklin Robinson, who finished with 5 saves. 


Syracuse applied more offensive pressure late in the game and tried to stage a rally, but Samuel Howard made 3 saves in the second half to keep Valley United in front. The Pulse’s final chance came with three minutes to play when Molly Karpeh pushed a header past Howard, but the goal was called off due to an offsides penalty. 


Valley United improves to 1-6-1 with the victory, and Syracuse now sits at 2-4-1. Both teams return to action on Saturday with Valley United set to play on the road against Flower City Union, while the Pulse will host the Maryland Bobcats FC. 


Game Notes: 


  • Two Syracuse players, Minaje Kwak and Michael Kafari, were both given yellow cards in the second half. 


  • Wednesday was the third time this year that the Syracuse Pulse were shut out.

(*Prior Wins this season were stripped due to league violations*)