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Women's soccer shows strength in all categories

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Sep 4th 2018 11:00 pm
Freshman midfielder, Ellen Walpole, looks downfield while carrying the ball against Utica College.  Walpole played the full game in the season-opener and was a crucial part in preserving the shutout.
Freshman midfielder, Ellen Walpole, looks downfield while carrying the ball against Utica College. Walpole played the full game in the season-opener and was a crucial part in preserving the shutout.

Following a successful 2017 season consisting of an overall record of 9 — 7 — 2 and a quarter final finish at the SUNYAC tournament, the Brockport women’s soccer team is looking to reach greater heights this season, and so far, so good.

The Golden Eagles completed a two game sweep this past weekend, shutting out Utica College 1-0 and New England College 2-0 for a perfect opening to the 2018 campaign. 

It was all Brockport at the season opener against Utica. The team posted an astounding performance, registering 20 shots on target and offensively dominating its opponent. Despite the amount of shots, Brockport was only able to get one passed the opposing goalie, as she finished with an impressive tally of 19 saves. The only goal of the match was scored by Brockport sophomore forward, Myriah Saar, who is looking  like an integral part of the team’s future attack.       

The team followed up their season-opener with a 2-0 victory over the New England Pilgrims, whom they shut out by maintaining the same production of good chances they did versus Utica. Brockport’s number 10, senior Maddie Sinclair, opened up the scoring by slotting away a penalty kick in the 35th minute. Sophomore midfielder, Krista Statt, finished off a beautiful volley set up by senior defender Olivia Kuter to secure the win for the Green and Gold. 

Although the season has just begun, head coach, Mike Idland, believes that the team has what it takes to improve on last year’s run. 

“The players are ready for more,” Idland said. “The group is more experienced than last year and we have a lot of big targets we want to hit this season.” 

    The biggest target of them all is securing a home field advantage for the up and coming SUNYAC tournament. During the last campaign, Brockport’s playoff record did not amount to a home field security, which undoubtedly has a big impact on how the games of the tournament feel and are played. 

With the addition of hard working freshmen talent and an increase of experience throughout the group, Brockport will have the chance of claiming home field advantage for this year’s tournament. 

“We’ve been on the road for the past two seasons, and that’s definitely made things more difficult than they would be if we had played at home,” he said. 

“From what we have gathered from preseason practices and scrimmages, we have seen things clicking that we have not seen before, and by adding more consistency to our play, we are hoping to reach the goals we have set for ourselves.” 

  Brockport’s roster has been bolstered up from that of last campaign’s. The incoming freshmen class made up of eight bright prospects will provide new flavor to the play, while the depth of experienced seniors and juniors will lead the lines through communication. 

Overall, Brockport possess all of the necessary tools to get to that next level. Junior forward, Molly Zientek, thinks that holding onto 90 minutes of play game in and game out is the last missing piece to the puzzle. 

“We can always improve on the technical parts of our game, but carrying the right mentality for a whole game can decide win from loss,” Zientek said. “We are taking it game by game this season with the hopes of securing that so important home advantage come SUNYAC time.” 

After keeping a clean sheet throughout their first two games, the momentum swing is with the Golden Eagles. Carrying that momentum through the season calendar will prove to be vital, and the first chance to do so will be tomorrow.Brockport travels to St. John Fisher for the team’s first away match of the year. The match is set to be played on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

 

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