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Women's soccer splits first two conference matchups

by Paul Cifonelli - Staff Writer
Tue, Sep 25th 2018 10:15 pm
Senior midfielder, Maddie Siclare (kicking), launches a ball to the penalty box during a corner kick at Friday's game against Plattsburgh. Siclare scored the game winning goal with less than five minutes left against the Cardinals. The Golden Eagles were able to hold on and win the game 2-1 for its first conference victory of the season. .
Senior midfielder, Maddie Siclare (kicking), launches a ball to the penalty box during a corner kick at Friday's game against Plattsburgh. Siclare scored the game winning goal with less than five minutes left against the Cardinals. The Golden Eagles were able to hold on and win the game 2-1 for its first conference victory of the season. .

As The College at Brockport women’s soccer team opened their SUNYAC schedule this past week, they also began a very important home stand. The team has a stretch of five straight home games. Four of those games are against fellow SUNYAC opponents with one non-league game stuck at the end. SUNYAC games carry more weight than other games because of the implications they have on postseason play. 

The top four teams in the conference earn a home game in the SUNYAC tournament. Having home field advantage is very important in the tournament because each round is only four days apart. If the team has to travel for the first round and wins, it will result in another road trip. Avoiding travel is key in the postseason and the best way to do that is to win in the regular season.

Brockport began the road to the SUNYAC tournament on Friday, Sept. 21 against SUNY Plattsburgh. The Golden Eagles  played an incredibly even game against the Cardinals through the first half, resulting in a 0-0 tie headed into halftime. The tie lasted about halfway into the second half. 

In the 59’, Bri Kovarik scored on an assist from Kayla Bailey, both freshmen on the team. In the 85’ Plattsburgh was awarded a penalty and senior, Jessica Mangieri, drilled it home. With the game tied at one, senior, Maddie Siclare scored a little over a minute later to make the score 2-1, Brockport. The game would end with the Golden Eagles on top 2-1. Junior goalkeeper, Kimberly Lubanski, had six saves for Brockport in the contest.

The next day, SUNY Potsdam visited A. Huntley Parker Field for another SUNYAC battle. Potsdam got out to a quick start, which led to a 1-0 lead for the Bears at halftime. 

Immediately after the break, the Bears struck again. Senior, Brooke Falsion, netted her tenth goal of the season for Potsdam to give her team a 2-0 lead. In the 66’, the Golden Eagles answered. Senior forward, Briana-Maria Sciacca, scored her first goal of the season to make the score 2-1. For the second day in a row, that would be the final score. This time, Brockport was on the losing end. Lubanski collected eight saves in the game for the Golden Eagles.

While a 2—0 start would have been an ideal start to SUNYAC play, Plattsburgh and Potsdam have a combined record of 13—5 on the season. Splitting a pair of tough games is going to be a good launching point for Brockport. Head coach, Mike Idland, also felt as though this weekend was a solid start.

“Coming away with one win out of two gives us something to build on, while leaving us mathematically within reach of our season-long goals,” Idland said. “We showed that we’re capable of beating the team that was one win away from winning the SUNYAC last season.”

As well as being a good starting point statistically, it provided the team with a solid starting point mentally.

Sophomore forward, Myriah Saar, said, “We came off of a big win on Friday and we placed emphasis on getting back to work on Saturday. Unfortunately, in the first half we failed to maintain that mentality.”

The Golden Eagles will look to continue their run of home games on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29. Fredonia will visit Brockport on Friday and Saturday’s contest will see Buffalo State coming to Brockport.