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Women's soccer finds its footing

by Shelby Toth
Tue, Oct 24th 2017 09:00 pm
On the left, freshman midfielder Alexa Biegler wins possession from two Cortland offensive players. On the right, junior defender Olivia Kuter looks to clear the ball as an Oswego forward is pressing in close. Despite a shaky season filled with setbacks, such as both goalkeepers being out simultaneously with concussions, the team is confident going into the SUNYAC Tournament.
On the left, freshman midfielder Alexa Biegler wins possession from two Cortland offensive players. On the right, junior defender Olivia Kuter looks to clear the ball as an Oswego forward is pressing in close. Despite a shaky season filled with setbacks, such as both goalkeepers being out simultaneously with concussions, the team is confident going into the SUNYAC Tournament.

Since we’ve last seen the women’s soccer team, they’ve certainly had their ups and downs. With two losses sandwiched between two wins to finish up regular season play, the girls are certainly in preparation mode for the upcoming SUNYAC tournament. 

Before we get into that, let’s review the past four games.

The girls defeated Oswego on Friday, Oct. 13, with  a score of 1–0. The lone goal was scored by junior Lindsey Lovett. Lovett knocked the goal in early, only the 10th minute of gameplay. This took the season to 8 — 4 — 2. 

The following day, Saturday, Oct. 14, the team suffered a bad loss to Cortland, losing 1–5. The sole goal was scored by sophomore Molly Zientek. While the goal was scored early on and put Brockport up 1–0, it only seemed to fuel the Red Dragons, who then scored two goals in six minutes. 

The game was the women’s senior day too, and they honored their only senior Maddie Siclare in a ceremony before the game.

The Golden Eagles found themselves going against Plattsburgh the next game, losing 1–3 on Friday, Oct. 20. While they again found themselves up 1–0 after a goal from freshman Sarah Covell, the team could not keep it’s lead and allowed two goals in eight minutes. 

With two losses in a row, the women needed to come back the following day and get a win in order to find themselves a spot in the SUNYAC tournament. And getting a win is exactly what they did.

The team beat Potsdam 4–2, bringing it’s season to 9—6—2. In the first half, Zientek scored her third goal of the season early on. In the fifth minute of gameplay. The Golden Eagles held their ground and scored another goal in the 40th minute thanks to freshman Aja Holloway. 

Coming back in the second half, Zietnek put in another goal, boosting the Eagles to 3–0. Lovett then added Brockport’s final goal of the game. 

After that, the team slid a little and allowed two goals from Potsdam in two minutes. The team  then regrouped, held strong after that, and came out victorious.

The win over Potsdam secured Brockport a spot in the SUNYAC Tournament. When asked how she felt going into the upcoming tournament, freshman Myriah Saar responded with confidence. 

“We all believe that we are strong enough to beat any team in this conference, so we are just going to keep working on what we have this entire season.”

This mentality seems to be contagious among the team as well, with many of the players’ spirits high.

“I feel awesome going into the SUNYAC tournament, especially based off of today’s game,” Lovett said confidently. “We have grown a lot mentally, even just within this week.”

Growth seems to be a theme among any college level team, especially this one. With so many new faces on the team, the women had to learn how to work as a cohesive unit, in order to be a real competitor in the league.

“We came into the season with twenty-one new players, which meant that all season long we were getting to know each other and learning new things about ourselves as a team every week,” Coach Michael Idland said. “I think the players are expressing themselves more and more every game while also learning some hard lessons about how unforgiving the game, and specifically the SUNYAC, can be if you aren’t on top of your job at all times.  It’s been a fun ride so far.”

Saar also spoke for the improvement over time. “Our team has always been extremely talented individually, but over the season, we have grown more talented as a unit and strong as a whole,” Saar said.

The team definitely needs to keep this confidence as they go into the quarterfinals on October 28.

Their opponent is none other than Cortland, who just defeated them 1–5. Cortland holds an overall record of 9 — 3 — 3, not unlike Brockport’s record. 

When examining how the team fared against other teams we’ve played, it holds a mixed bag of beating teams we lost too and vice versa, along with losing to teams we lost to and beating teams we beat. 

Overall, despite the previous loss to, the two teams seem equally matched.

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