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Men's Soccer eliminated from SUNYAC Tournament

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Oct 31st 2017 10:00 pm
The College at Brockport men's soccer team (above) has plenty of work to do in the 2018/19 season. The team has finally established a winning chemistry, but losing its senior class will definitely take its toll next year.  The Golden Eagles have the potential and experience that's needed to be one of the best Division III teams in the whole conference next season, but it will be up to them to prove it.
The College at Brockport men's soccer team (above) has plenty of work to do in the 2018/19 season. The team has finally established a winning chemistry, but losing its senior class will definitely take its toll next year. The Golden Eagles have the potential and experience that's needed to be one of the best Division III teams in the whole conference next season, but it will be up to them to prove it.

Following an outstanding season of proving everyone’s criticism about its uncertain success wrong, The College at Brockport men’s soccer team has officially been eliminated from this year’s SUNYAC Tournament. Nevertheless, the Golden Eagles’ turnaround season demonstrated their relentless fight for more than just winning, but establishing themselves as a team that is always hungry for more. 

The team shone this season. With a final record of 10—6—3 in all competitions, the Golden Eagles drastically improved their game from their last campaign. The team finished off the season by scoring 21 more goals than last year in addition to winning seven more games. This evident improvement is only the beginning of the rebuilding process of the men’s soccer team’s future success. 

The Golden Eagles’ final game was played this past weekend on Saturday, Oct. 28. The SUNYAC Tournament quarterfinal game was played on the home turf for Brockport as it went up against SUNY Plattsburgh. With the risk of elimination in play, the first round of the tournament proved to be a very intense game for both teams. Plattsburgh opened scoring in the early minutes of the first half with a well-placed finish by one of their attacking trios of players. The rest of the half was very quiet in scoring, with both of the teams failing to take advantage of goal scoring opportunities. 

Unfortunately, the second half did not prove to be better for Brockport. A quarter into the second half, the Golden Eagles found themselves being  down 2-0. The opponent notched its second goal of the game with a well-placed flick over Brockport goalie, Joey Romano. Shortly after, Brockport’s Jason Hayes managed to score from a freekick, providing a glimpse of hope for the Golden Eagles. The sophomore midfielder finished the season with four goals to his name, the highest goal scoring tally from the entire sophomore class. Hayes’ goal was not enough though, and 30 minutes after his goal, Brockport was not able to score again, ultimately falling to the Cardinals 2-1. 

Although the team was knocked out of the SUNYAC Tournament, the entirety of the unit learned many lessons from its journey of qualifying for the tournament. From moving up the pitch as a team to learning to communicate between defense, midfield and attack, the Golden Eagles displayed that they have the mindset necessary to keep moving forward. 

Apart from the chemistry that emerged this season, the senior players played a huge role in the development of the team this year. 

“I am very proud of our outgoing seniors, their commitment and contribution was inspirational to our young players,” Head Coach Gary LaPietra according to gobrockport.com.   

Other than communication, rhythm and hard work, experience was a key element behind the team’s success. 

Departing seniors like midfielder Justin Mercer, defender Chris Aherne and many more will definitely be missed next season, but their leadership will be a bigger loss to the team. 

“We could not be more thankful for everything that the senior class has done for us this season,”  sophomore midfielder Chris Kinsley said. “Their contribution effects are clearly obvious, and we are looking to build off of their lessons and carry everything we have learned this season to next year’s campaign.” 

The Golden Eagles’ season has come to an end, but that doesn’t say anything about their progress. The combination of experience freshmen have received this season, along with the leading mentality the sophomore class is bringing to the team next year, a dominant season is definitely in the books for next year. Striving for more than ever, expect the men’s soccer team to come back stronger and better than ever before.

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