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Men's soccer looking for more playoff wins

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 10:00 pm
Junior forward Connor DeSantis (above) wins the ball from three defenders and moves it up the field.  The Brockport Golden Eagles are setting their sights on the SUNYAC championship. The team managed to come away with only one point against the Geneseo Knights in a 0 - 0  tie, it will be hoping for better results in the upcoming weekend.
Junior forward Connor DeSantis (above) wins the ball from three defenders and moves it up the field. The Brockport Golden Eagles are setting their sights on the SUNYAC championship. The team managed to come away with only one point against the Geneseo Knights in a 0 - 0 tie, it will be hoping for better results in the upcoming weekend.

The College at Brockport men’s soccer team continues to make good progress through the closing stages of SUNYAC play. Although the Golden Eagles have shown great resiliency this year, the team’s play needs to be flawless in order to take points away from some of the toughest opposition they have yet to face this season. 

With a current record of 7 — 3 — 3, the Golden Eagles have been one of the best sides in the conference, both in league and playoff play. Now a nationally ranked team, they have to continue to impress, as the race for SUNYAC Championship spots gets tighter as each weekend passes. 

Having competed and won under a stamina-demanding schedule this season, the Golden Eagles have shown that they can withstand any type of challenge the road has thrown. This upcoming weekend will prove to be the toughest challenge of them all as the team faces two of the best teams in the conference, with away games against SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland. 

The Golden Eagles got the opportunity to rest this past week with a non-conference victory against the Houghton College Highlanders. The home game was won in overtime when senior defender Chris Aherne salvaged the Brockport lead after a towering header in the 94th minute. Apart from the thrilling end of the game, the Golden Eagles were dominating the ball from the very first whistle. 

Sophomore midfielder Jason Hayes continued his excellent run of form by scoring his third goal of the season, helping put Brockport up 1-0 during the second half. 

The gameplay progressively got messier and Houghton’s pressure proved too much for Brockport’s drained backline; the Highlanders managed to tie the game late into the second half. The end-to-end game resulted in a 2-1 victory for the Golden Eagles, and although some can argue that the team was flat throughout the game, the men displayed great determination and got the right result in overtime. 

“We are just as good as any team we are going to face within the next two weeks,” sophomore midfielder Chris Kinsley said. “Getting the right results depends on who is going to show up and want to play. Whether a sub, star player or a freshman getting his first minutes, we need everyone to be hungrier than ever.”

Brockport’s next conference game is against the Oswego Lakers, a big playoff spot contender with not much consistency. The Lakers have tied more conference games than any other side in this year’s campaign. With a current losing streak of four games, the Golden Eagles will be looking to score early in order to mentally weaken the opposing team. 

Although the Lakers have failed to win a lot of games this season, their ability to come away with late ties creates a challenge for Brockport, as the team has conceded a great amount of late game-deciding goals in the conference. 

“Fatigue is one of the biggest challenges that SUNYAC play presents,” sophomore striker Michael Duren said. “We have to stay focused on slowing down our play in order to get the most out of our game, especially in the closing stages, which are the most important.”

The Golden Eagles are facing the Oswego Lakers on Friday, Oct.13, followed by a back to back game against the Cortland Red Dragons on Saturday, Oct.14. Although the Golden Eagles are facing an uphill battle at this point in the season, their fighting mentality and spirit that have brought them to where they are now, is what is going to fuel their hearts for the upcoming SUNYAC Championship.

 

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