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Men's soccer in SUNYAC perfect through two

by Panagiotis Argitis - Managing Editor
Tue, Sep 25th 2018 10:00 pm
Brockport's junior forward, Jeff Hibbard, battles with the Elmira opposition while chasing the ball. The Golden Eagles earned an easy 4-0 victory over Elmira.
Brockport's junior forward, Jeff Hibbard, battles with the Elmira opposition while chasing the ball. The Golden Eagles earned an easy 4-0 victory over Elmira.

Completing a weekend sweep and claiming the top seed on the SUNYAC standings is a pretty good way to open up the conference campaign. The College at Brockport men’s soccer team did just that when it bested both, Plattsburgh and Potsdam, for a perfect start to the SUNYAC schedule.  

Currently leading the race in the conference standings, the Golden Eagles have been riding a three game winning streak with a combined goal tally of eight and only conceding one in the process. It seems the squad has finally attained the momentum it has wanted since the start of the season. 

“We need to score more,” junior goalkeeper, Joey Romano, said in regards to how the team will find success against SUNYAC teams. “We want to win the SUNYACs and I really believe we can get it done this season.”

Brockport’s scoring run began last week, when the team crushed Elmira College on its home turf for a final score of 4-0. A high-powered offense has been the theme that’s been sticking with the team’s style of play, and it was showcased during the match against the Elmira Soaring Eagles. 

Brockport got into it from the start, registering 10 shots on target which were all saved by Elmira’s man between the sticks. Despite tearing through the opposition’s defense in the first half, Brockport couldn’t score, but that all changed after halftime.  

Elmira’s goalie, fantastic in the first half, was only able to make one stop during the second; and at this point the result should be clear. The Green and Gold found the net four times following the halftime break, erasing any chances for a Soaring Eagle comeback. 

Similar to the win against Elmira, Brockport opened up the SUNYAC schedule with a victory driven by passion and relentless work. This time it was conference rival, Plattsburgh, that was tasked with the same energy. 

The opener was played this past Friday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. on Plattsburgh’s home field. Kickoff saw the Plattsburgh Cardinals take an aggressive approach to the game which resulted in a goal within the first 15 minutes of play. Despite that, the Golden Eagles pushed with resilience and found some good looks at the goal, but could not capitalize on the opportunities. 

At the start of the second half, the Cardinals were still up, but after just four minutes of play, Brockport’s junior forward, Jeff Hibbard, evened out the score by netting his fifth of the season. The following 20 minutes had both teams battling it out for the ball, each side prducing solid scoring opportunities. It wasn’t till the 85’ when Brockport’s freshman winger, Ayub Jeylani, threaded a pass to Hibbard which he put in the back of the net to win the game. Jeylani finished the match with both assists as Hibbard provided all the scoring.

Brockport capped off its first SUNYAC win by doubling its success the next day. The team versed the Potsdam Bears at home, beating the squad 2-0. 

It was all Golden Eagles from start to finish. Brockport held the Bears to only three shots on target, while it managed nine in the 90 minutes. After a two assist performance against Plattsburgh, Jeylani switched from the provider to the finisher and bagged a brace for his sixth and seventh of the campaign. The freshman star leads the team in goals and claims the top spot for shots on goal percentage of players with two goals or more. 

With a high-octane offense and an assertive supporting cast, the Golden Eagles have all the tools it needs to get the job done. However, the SUNYAC leading squad has a lot on its plate if it wants to maintain that top spot.

“We need to defend and communicate as a unit,” Jeylani said. “That’s what always wins championships.” 

Brockport will look to add to its conference victories this upcoming weekend. The team has two matchups, one against Fredonia on Friday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. and one against Buffalo State the following day at the same time. 

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