Vuvuzela makes appearance in SU women’s soccer win

first_img Comments Published on September 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm For at least one night, the vuvuzela — the South African noisemaker that became the soundtrack to the 2010 FIFA World Cup — found its way to Syracuse. Just in time for the Orange’s 1-0 win over St. John’s. And if you ask the eight people who were blowing into the horns Friday night in Syracuse’s first Big East home game of the year, it is here to stay. The Orange and its head coach Phil Wheddon are receptive of it. They can’t ignore it. But that’s fine. ‘You can hear it,’ Wheddon said. ‘It’s not as noisy as it would have been for the World Cup, for sure. But it adds atmosphere. I think we put out an entertaining product, and to come away with a win, as well as the noise, it was great.’ The vuvuzela’s overbearing popularity demonstrated during the 2010 FIFA World Cup prompted various sporting venues to ban the vuvuzela at future events. SU Soccer Stadium was not one of those venues.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text While modest when compared to the cavalries of horn-blowers heard in South Africa over the summer, the two vuvuzela bands powering Friday’s background noise did their best to at least keep the racket going. The first of which was a group of four freshman State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry students, led by Chris Streczywilk. Chris, who was taking in his first women’s soccer match of the year, wasn’t originally planning on bringing the device. ‘We were going to buy ‘em for the Dome, but then we found out that you can’t have them there.’ Streczywilk said. ‘So we decided to support our girl’s soccer team.’ And what the Carrier Dome lost, SU Soccer Stadium gained. By the start of the second half, the second of the two vuvuzela congregations had joined the crowd. Though the two groups seldom played in unison, they were able to entertain the spectators by vuvuzela-belching to show discontent with officiating and vuvuzela-beatboxing to pass time in between corner kicks, and by recreating cow and sheep sounds via vuvuzela to make spectators wonder where they were. Sophomore defender Skylar Sabbag couldn’t help but take notice of what was going on in the stands. ‘I heard it the first time, and I looked over,’ Sabbag said. ‘I was like, wow, we have a lot of fans tonight.’ Adam McMonagle, a junior, was a part of the second group of fans that helped provide the beehive noises. ‘I figured that if I could get (the vuvuzelas), it would be a tremendous advantage to at least annoy the other team,’ McMonagle said. ‘Whether or not it would actually do anything on the field, we would see, but I figured at least the annoyance of the other team would throw them off their game.’ The vuvuzela is a cylindrical horn that fans blow into. The tool’s traditional roots are disputed, but the vuvuzela is generally believed to have stemmed from the blowing of the kudu horn, across the hills and valleys of villages, to bring the elders together for meetings in common Zulu tradition in various parts of the continent of Africa. Today, the tradition is perhaps better known for its irritating nuisance than it is for its actual heritage. Though loud and annoying to some in the crowd, players do find it possible to create noise control on the field. Freshman goalkeeper Brittany Anghel has a simple method. ‘I just thought about the World Cup when I heard the horns,’ Anghel said. ‘When I’m playing the game, I just focus on the moment. Obviously that propels us forward, but I think it’s more just being in the moment and taking each situation as it comes.’ Wheddon, who is the former assistant coach to the U.S. Women’s National Team and veteran of two Olympic Games, was able to see the positives amid all the noise on Friday night. For a SU team that regularly faces vocal crowds on the road, Wheddon and his squad may finally have their own kind of home-field advantage as of the start of the conference season. They are unbeaten at home through four games. It seems to be working. It remains to be seen if it is what SU needed. For now, Wheddon thinks so. ‘When you go to St. John’s and play, there are fans all around the field. If you go to (Connecticut) and play, there are fans all around the field. There are people two or three feet behind the goal yelling and screaming at you the whole game. So noise is a part of the game. This is good for us.’ [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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