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Women's soccer suffers back-to-back losses

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 10:00 pm
 Sophomore Foward Molly Zientek chops around a Geneseo Knights player. The women's soccer team at Brockport is trying to keep strong after losing two consecutive games. Two losses in a row can be difficult, but the team is keeping its eye on the SUNYAC prize.
Sophomore Foward Molly Zientek chops around a Geneseo Knights player. The women's soccer team at Brockport is trying to keep strong after losing two consecutive games. Two losses in a row can be difficult, but the team is keeping its eye on the SUNYAC prize.

Facing large defeats can be a hardship for any team, but facing two back-to-back defeats can prove to be devastating. The College at Brockport women’s soccer team suffered two consecutive 0-4 defeats this past week, in games against the Misericordia University Cougars and the SUNY Geneseo Knights. 

Although these losses were detrimental to this year’s season, the team has learned many lessons from its mistakes, which it can use to benefit the future of its season.  

After this past weekend’s games, the Golden Eagles find themselves with a record of 7—4—2. Although the team was hoping for a better record at this point of the season, it has been slowly but progressively getting stronger. 

The lessons that the team has gathered from its past experiences on the pitch will undoubtedly play a huge part in its pursuit to successfully attain a spot in this year’s SUNYAC Championship. 

Coming up against the strongest side of the entire conference, Brockport found it difficult to keep up with the tempo of Geneseo. Having a perfect record of 5-0-0 in conference play, the Geneseo Knights have been dominant in all aspects of their play this season, and it showed this past weekend. 

The Golden Eagles displayed a great defensive showing, but it was not enough to keep the Knights from scoring. The two teams were head-to-head in the opening stages of the game, with both sides having equal amounts of possession and chances in the opening 20 minutes of action. That all changed when the Knights scored their first goal of the game. 

Following the opening goal that came in the 32nd minute, Brockport fell into a sloppy tempo that did not change until the final whistle. 

Geneseo took advantage of the situation and ripped through the core of Brockport’s midfield with ease, resulting in the netting of an additional three goals, which came within 12 minutes of each other. 

“We definitely had a rough week score-wise,” sophomore forward Molly Zientek said. “We know what we need to do to get into playoffs and we are not going to overlook anything as we progress forward into the season.” 

The Golden Eagles have been very impressive thus far. The goals they have set out for them as a team are still the same they have been since the start of the year and the drive to achieve those goals will be what propels them to SUNYAC triumph. 

The team will be looking to improve its connection dynamic between the three key parts of the team, because the right transition from defense to midfield to its forwards is necessary when tackling playoff championship competition. 

“We have learned a lot from our past games, especially the past two,” sophomore defender Mara Zimmerman said. “We’d rather be learning what we need to work on now than when it comes to the SUNYAC Championship.” 

Brockport’s women’s soccer team has four more conference games to play, and the Golden Eagles are hoping to boost their conference record by gaining all 12 points from the upcoming matches. The combination of on-field focus and a winning mentality will be vital for obtaining a spot in this year’s SUNYAC Championship. The Golden Eagles are ready to step up to the challenge and prove they have what it is necessary to put up a fight.

Brockport’s next challenge is against the SUNY Oswego Lakers on Friday, Oct.13, at home. Fans can expect a thrilling game, as both sides will be looking to come away with three points.

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