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Five games, four SUNYACs, zero losses

by Panagiotis Argitis - Managing Editor
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 10:00 pm
The College at Brockport men's goalkeeper, Tautis Poniskaitis jumps above Fredonia opposition to grab the ball before it reaches its intended target. The Golden Eagles defeated Fredonia for its fourth straight win. Poniskaitis has only given up one goal in the last five games.
The College at Brockport men's goalkeeper, Tautis Poniskaitis jumps above Fredonia opposition to grab the ball before it reaches its intended target. The Golden Eagles defeated Fredonia for its fourth straight win. Poniskaitis has only given up one goal in the last five games.

They did it again… The Golden Eagles completed a second consecutive weekend sweep in the SUNYACs. At the top of the conference leaderboard with no signs of slowing down, The College at Brockport men’s soccer team increased its SUNYAC record to 4—0 following away wins at Fredonia and Buffalo State. 

The team is currently undefeated in the SUNYACs, the only team to do so thus far. The unbeaten effort has seen Brockport enjoy a four conference game winning streak, the first time the team achieved such a feat since 2011. Just by looking at the record books, the improvement from this season compared to past years is immense. 

At this point in the season last year, the Golden Eagles had an overall record of 6—3—2, where this season they find themselves at 9—2. The team has scored 28 goals throughout 11 matches this year, five short of equaling last year’s tally for the whole season. The numbers speak for themselves.  

For its third straight conference victory this campaign, Brockport took down Fredonia on Friday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. Despite a low scoring win, Brockport’s infamous high-paced offense is what set the team apart from its competition. Compared to Fredonia’s four total shots, Brockport had five times the amount, with half of them being on target. In spite of the constant pressure, the two sides went into the second half tied at nil. Following an emotion-fueled scrum at the midway point of the second half that resulted in two red cards for either team, Brockport’s freshman forward, Matthew Stefaniw, scored the only goal in the closing minutes of the game to support the Golden Eagles in a 1-0 victory.  

With its third clean sheet in a row, Brockport stayed perfect in SUNYAC play after recording a 1-0 victory over Buffalo State. The game put the Brockport atop the conference table and was staged on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. The match was stale throughout the first 90. It wasn’t until overtime where Stefaniw broke the deadlock for his second game-winner of the weekend. This one on a thunderous one-time finish following a Brockport breakaway.     

In combination with the conference-opening weekend, the victories against Fredonia and Buffalo State have put the team in an optimal position for the upcoming SUNYAC tournament. However, there are five more league games standing between Brockport and the first round of the tournament. 

As it stands, the team is perfect throughout, but No. 2 and No. 3 are eyeing the Golden Eagles’ top spot and the two teams will each have its chance to knock Brockport off the pedestal. It is absolutely crucial that the Golden Eagles protect the foundation they’ve built thus far in order to stay on top of New Paltz and Oneonta this Friday and Saturday. 

“We have to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” junior goalie, Joey Romano said. “We are there physically and mentally. If we all buy in, we will get the results we’re looking for.”

The New Paltz and Oneonta matchups are going to be the biggest challenge for Brockport this season. The New Paltz Hawks have been scary in front of goal this season, tallying in for the most goals scored in the conference with 11; one short of doubling Brockport’s total tally. However, the Golden Eagles have had the least amount of goals scored against them in the conference with just one. That being said, the two sides should clash for an epic match.  

Brockport is on a big-time run. Despite the consistency with success so far, the postseason is unpredictable and to prepare for the surprises the team will need to remain humble and intact with its primary goal of lifting that elusive SUNYAC trophy. 

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been at the top of the table, especially 4—0 in the first two weekends,” junior midfielder, Chris Kinsley said. “Nevertheless, we are taking the season game by game and are doing everything we can to make ourselves stronger.”

With about a month until the tournament openers, Brockport has time on its side. The way in which the team takes advantage of that time will be the key factor in bringing the SUNYAC back home.