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Women's soccer splits weekend and SUNYAC record

by Panagiotis Argitis - Managing Editor
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 10:00 pm
The women's soccer seniors stand to be honored before Brockport's match against Buffalo State. The Golden Eagles defeated Buffalo in overtime 2-1 last Saturday, Sept 29.
The women's soccer seniors stand to be honored before Brockport's match against Buffalo State. The Golden Eagles defeated Buffalo in overtime 2-1 last Saturday, Sept 29.

After going one for two to open the conference campaign, The College at Brockport women’s soccer team came away with the same result this past weekend. Brockport has played four games and has split them, heading into the third game-week with a 2—2 league record. 

The season’s SUNYAC form has been stagnant, as the team has bounced off highs to meet back with lows and the other way around. As of now, Brockport finds itself standing in the middle of the conference table at the fifth spot. Geneseo, Fredonia, Potsdam and Cortland are currently the top four teams.

As for this past weekend’s action, The Golden Eagles battled Fredonia on Saturday, and Buffalo State the following day. In the first of the two matches, Brockport came out swinging. The team opened the first half quickly after sophomore defender, Marissa Greiner added a quick goal to set the tone for the rest of the match. The Fredonia Blue Devils fought back and grabbed a goal of its own to tie it all up at 1-1. However, Greiner was not finished on the day as she tallied her second of the game, putting Brockport ahead going into halftime. 

Despite the team’s advantage, the Golden Eagles let the win slip away in the first 10 minutes of the second half, a mistake that would come back to haunt Brockport. 

Despite outshooting Fredonia 18-2 in the second half, the Green and Gold were helpless when it came to finding the back of the net again. After that, the Blue Devils maintained its defensive third and held on for a comeback 3-2 victory, which kept its perfect SUNYAC record in tact. The Blue Devils’ goalkeeper was the main reason Fredonia was able to stay in the game. Abbey Monahan was credited with 17 saves and the win after fending off the onslaught of Brockport shots. 

The second matchup of the weekend, against the Buffalo State Bengals, allowed the women’s soccer team to bounce back with a 2-1 win at the team’s senior day. The game would take extra time to finish up because of how even both teams were. After two overtime periods, the shots ended up at 20-18 in favor of Brockport. Sophomore, Myriah Saar scored the first goal of the game off of a penalty kick for her third goal of the season. Buffalo responded three minutes before halftime to tie the game at one and neutralizing momentum before the break. The scoreless second half forced overtime and senior Maddie Siclare scored in the 109’ to claim victory over the Bengals.

Despite earning the win after an hour and half of gameplay, Siclare and team were not content with the performances against Buffalo and Fredonia. Winning one of the games is better than losing both, but it was obvious that Brockport should not have lost to Fredonia. 

The Golden Eagles recognize the potential and talent the team possesses, but a .500 percent (2—2) conference record is not what the team wants to head into the postseason with. Junior forward, Molly Zientek has been on the team since her freshman year and understands what a championship caliber team needs to succeed in playoffs.

“In order to make top four we have to get our three points from each of the next two SUNYAC games, which is very doable,” Zientek said. “The only way we can do that is take it one game at a time and focus on what is in front of us and do our job like we know how to, work as a team, then move on to the next game.” 

Indicated by the fact that Brockport is tied for the most goals conceded in the league with seven, the need for solidifying its defensive approach to games is evident. Despite registering more shots on target than faced this conference season, the number of goals Brockport has scored is equal to the number conceded. 

“Defensively what we need to focus on is being dialed into getting the details right when we are in our bottom third, making sure we’re marking players correctly and clearing the ball out in crucial situations,” Siclare said. “That all stems from communication which is something we can fix and hopefully see our amount of goals conceded stay where it is rather than bigger.”

Another factor in Brockport’s struggles is found between the sticks. The team’s starting goalie Kimberly Lubanski, has been impressive throughout but holds the second-worst save percentage from goalies that have played four conference games. A clear statement, but the goals simply have to be stopped in order for the team to make it to the SUNYAC tournament stages. 

The Golden Eagles will look to push forward and grab all of the available points from the remaining conference games. Their next challengers will be New Paltz and Oneonta during the weekend of October 6. 

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