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Men's soccer get to the grind of improving their record

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Sep 26th 2017 11:00 pm
Sophomore defender Michael Meyers (above) disposses a Blue Devil forward on his way up the pitch. Despite the Men's soccer team's lackluster record form 2016, the team has been working hard this season to achieve a better one. After a solid win and a tough tie, the team looks onward to the rest of the SUNYAC playoffs.
Sophomore defender Michael Meyers (above) disposses a Blue Devil forward on his way up the pitch. Despite the Men's soccer team's lackluster record form 2016, the team has been working hard this season to achieve a better one. After a solid win and a tough tie, the team looks onward to the rest of the SUNYAC playoffs.

The SUNY Golden Eagles stride toward SUNYAC perfection as they record their first playoff win against the Fredonia Blue Devils this past weekend. Long practices and constant motivation drove the team to a decisive 3-2 victory. A win against the Blue Devils displayed heart, something the team was missing last year.

At the end of the 2016 season, the College at Brockport men’s soccer team finished off the season with only three wins, leaving the team with one of the worst seasons in  the college’s history. With improvements across the pitch going into the 2017 season, the men have already won more games this year than last year combined. 

After a tough loss to the St. John Fisher Cardinals, Head Coach Gary LaPietra and Assistant Coach Darren Wayne doubled down on practices and pushed the team to its limits, especially with the Cardinals being LaPietra’s alma mater. The success and sufficiency of this year’s campaign has fed into the Golden Eagle’s ongoing hunger to conquer the Division III soccer scene.

This past weekend was one of the most important set of games for the Golden Eagles, and they did not disappoint. In the game against Fredonia on Friday, Sept. 22, the team showed pure sportsmanship, especially after halftime when the Blue Devils managed to score two goals after being down 3-0 throughout the first half of the game.

Scoring was shared across the pitch by senior defender Chris Aherne, junior midfielder Quintin Volpe and junior forward Connor DeSantis, who all found the back of the net in a thrilling win for Brockport. Volpe, a crafty junior midfielder recorded his fifth goal of the season which currently takes him to the top of the scoring list for the 2017 campaign. Breakthrough sophomore defender Jake Fusilli had an impressive performance, assisting two out of the three goals during the win over the Blue Devils. The team will be hoping his production of chances carries through the remainder of the SUNYAC playoff schedule.  

While the Golden Eagle offense was effective in its ability to score against Fredonia, the defense led by seniors Chris Aherne and Stephen Latino did an excellent job of holding the backline down. Although the Blue Devils gained some momentum after scoring two goals within 10 minutes, sophomore goalie Joey Romano kept calm between the sticks and managed to save seven of nine shots on goal.  

“SUNYAC games are completely different from regular season games. There is a lot more pressure and focus that goes into playing for 90 minutes,” sophomore midfielder Cameron Beale said. “We did a good job of maintaining our composure after a shaky start to the second half on Friday. Carrying the same mentality to future games will be important.” 

Although the Golden Eagles were unable to improve on its season record with the second playoff game, the Green and Gold came away with a 1-1 draw in a tense clash against the Buffalo State Bengals on Saturday, Sept. 23. 

Both sides had a healthy amount of chances with seven shots on goal for the Bengals and six for the Golden Eagles respectively. The contest provided for an undoubtedly entertaining match of back-and-forth soccer. 

Brockport came close to opening the scoring with sophomore midfielder Jason Hayes hitting the crossbar off a first-half free kick. Although both teams had multiple opportunities to score, the Golden Eagles hit first after a 68-minute goal by Aherne. The Bengals showed great effort and scored shortly after the opening goal of the game. 

“Our communication is a huge aspect of our game.”  Romano said. “We are looking to improve our tempo and all game.” “We want to carry the same amount of intensity that has brought as to where we are right now and just continue to play Brockport soccer.” 

Taking a look into the season, it is only looking up for the Brockport men’s soccer team. With seven more SUNYAC games in Brockport’s horizon, the Golden Eagles can improve their record of 5—2—2 with more victories as long as the team keeps up its hard work and dedication.

 

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