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Men's soccer strives for the SUNYAC Championship

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 09:00 pm
The College at Brockport men's soccer starting 11 (above) completes their pregame huttle. The Golden Eagles are striving towards a solid playoff run and with only one conference loss on the current season's record, the team is in great contention for a spot in this year's SUNYAC Championship.
The College at Brockport men's soccer starting 11 (above) completes their pregame huttle. The Golden Eagles are striving towards a solid playoff run and with only one conference loss on the current season's record, the team is in great contention for a spot in this year's SUNYAC Championship.

The College at Brockport men’s soccer team is showing staggering form as the team progresses further into SUNYAC conference play. The Green and Gold look set on proving that the team has what it takes to make this a memorable season. 

With a prominent record of 6—2—3 on the year, the Golden Eagles have made a huge leap over last season’s disappointing run of games. Having beat some of this season’s toughest opposition, the team has shown great resilience against the pressure that playoffs bring.

After having an excellent run of regular season games, the team has been playing some of its best soccer yet; showing dominance and consistency across its play. Sitting at a top five spot for winning percentage, the Green and Gold are huge contenders for the impeding SUNYAC tournament. 

Apart from protecting its home turf with a run of four games without a loss as of Friday, Oct. 29, the team has shown sovereignty away from home with a current away record of  4—1—1. Brockport’s first loss away from home came against the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons. Following a late winning goal, the hard fought battle ended in 1-0 victory for the Red Dragons, giving the Golden Eagles their first playoff loss of the season. 

Continuing the strive of defending this season’s success, the men of the Brockport soccer team worked their way to another away win against the SUNY New Paltz Hawks. Going into the second half with a 2-0 lead, the Green and Gold were off to a hot start as sophomore midfielder Jason Hayes knocked in his second goal of the season after a deflection from a Hawks defender trickled in. Junior midfielder Quintin Volpe, who leads Brockport in goals this year, managed to find the back of the net for the sixth time this season after a sublime over the top assist by senior Captain Justin Mercer. Opening the second half with a goal from New Paltz, the Hawks pounced on the opportunity to put pressure on the sleeping Brockport defense. The result saw Brockport come out on top after sophomore forward Russell Hines recorded his first goal of the season, giving Brockport a 3-2 victory over New Paltz. 

With an evident emphasis on the growth of potential, which has been provided by the results that the sophomore class has produced this season, Head Coach Gary LaPietra is an expert when it comes to turning promising players into winners. 

“Our coaching staff has been great when showing us what is necessary in order for us to grow,” freshman forward AJ Sinclair said. “Confidence is something that has been growing within our play this year and I am sure that it will be key in carrying this campaign’s success onto our future seasons.” 

The Golden Eagles have displayed great numbers of efficiency this season, leading opposition in goals scored, chances created, shot production and shot on-goal percentage. This dominant show of proficiency has been the result of multiple elements such as work ethic and chemistry, but most importantly, experience. 

“Starting off fresh is definitely difficult,” freshman forward Nolan Byrnes said. “Adjusting to the pace, style and play of the upperclassmen has definitely made me grow. The lessons we’ve gotten so far can make us stronger, better and develop us into future leaders.” 

The Golden Eagles are making great progress toward SUNYAC perfection. The team needs to continue to carry the right mindset in order to produce the results of needs to make an impact in this year’s playoff competition. 

The Green and Gold are back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at home against the Houghton College Highlanders. Brockport will be looking to continue its undefeated run at home with a victory, with the hope of securing a playoff spot for the SUNYAC Championship in late October.

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