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Women's soccer eliminated in SUNYAC Quarterfinals

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Oct 31st 2017 10:40 pm
The women's soccer team (above) celebrated a late game-tying goal against the New Paltz Hawks. The team achieved a record of 9—7—2 this season. It is looking to solidify its maturity and experience within the team in order to improve their playoff record next season. If the Golden Eagles capitalize on improvement, they have the potential to dominate next season's
The women's soccer team (above) celebrated a late game-tying goal against the New Paltz Hawks. The team achieved a record of 9—7—2 this season. It is looking to solidify its maturity and experience within the team in order to improve their playoff record next season. If the Golden Eagles capitalize on improvement, they have the potential to dominate next season's

Tough losses often prove to be devastating for teams, but the best teams are the ones that learn from their mistakes. The College at Brockport women’s soccer team played through a season of ups and downs. From a streak of big wins to ultimately failing to make it to the semifinals of the SUNYAC Tournament, the team has experienced it all. Although the young players faced elimination in the first round of the tournament, the lessons gained on the way are worth more than anything else. 

The Golden Eagles were fairly new this season. With the recruitment of 21 new freshmen, the team had to face the challenge of incorporating a winning chemistry between its players. Additionally, the idea of experience was something that had to be learned throughout the season, which undoubtedly slowed the team down. 

Despite that, the Brockport women’s soccer team enjoyed a healthy amount of success this season. The team clinched qualification for the SUNYAC Tournament, an achievement that was seen as a stretch for many people. The senior class led the team to a streaky record of 9—7—2, netting 29 goals in the process. The women’s perseverance to succeed beyond what was expected of them proves that they have what it takes to impact next year’s campaign. 

The Golden Eagles closed out their 2017 season on Saturday, Oct. 28. The quarterfinal matchup was played against SUNY Cortland away from home in Cortland. The first half proved for an exciting game as both sides took shots that were on target, testing the abilities of both keepers. 

Although the first half saw Brockport edging for the quarterfinal win with more shots on target than Cortland, the second half did not go as well. The Red Dragons dominated the last 45 minutes of the game with three quickfire goals, all coming within 20 minutes of each other. Messy passing and frustration followed from Brockport, resulting in elimination. 

In order to have a shot at the SUNYAC Tournament trophy next year, the Golden Eagles will need to bring everything they learned this season to the pitch next year, including experience.  

“I am looking to improve our consistency and maturity next season, both of which come with experience,” Head Coach Michael Idland said. “Our captain, Maddie Siclare, is our only senior. Although we will certainly miss her contributions on the field, her attitude toward the game will remain with the program because of the positive example she has set for younger players to follow.”

Next season’s success will depend on the experience that the freshmen and sophomores have gained this year. While this past season is not one to forget, the Golden Eagles will need to build off the foundation that Siclare has laid out for the team. 

“We have learned so much from the older players this season, and we are growing faster than before,” sophomore winger Molly Zientek said. “We had one of the largest freshman classes we have ever had this season and it’s going to be up to us, the older players, to make sure that the future legacy of Brockport’s success continues in the right direction.” 

With the season finished, the Golden Eagles are looking to prove themselves on a tournament level next season. Their dedication and hard work will be vital in bringing SUNYAC triumph to Brockport next season.

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