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Women's soccer season ends in disappointment

by Panagiotis Argitis - Managing Editor
Sat, Oct 27th 2018 03:00 pm
Senior defender, Olivia Kuter heads a ball into the back of the net off a corner kick against Canton. Brockport beat Canton 5-0 and had five different goal scorers in the game.
Senior defender, Olivia Kuter heads a ball into the back of the net off a corner kick against Canton. Brockport beat Canton 5-0 and had five different goal scorers in the game.

The College at Brockport women’s soccer team was hanging by a thread of hope all season and it fell just short. The team lost out on the chance of competing in the postseason by a single point as it finished the year with a 3—6 conference record. 

While the team had a chance of making playoffs and scraping by in sixth place with two wins from this past weekend, the Golden Eagles failed to do so when they won 2-1 over Oswego but lost by one goal to Cortland. 

Out of the four teams which got eliminated from the SUNYAC postseason, Brockport stood out from the rest with the most goals scored and the least conceded. Despite that, the team’s quality arguably should have put them in a position to qualify for the tournament but the results were simply not there this season.

 From the teams that failed to clinch a spot in the playoffs in Buffalo State, New Paltz and Oswego, Brockport beat every single one; apart from the very worst one. That team? New Paltz. The last seed side had a dreadful year, winning one and losing seven while scoring three and giving up 20, but Brockport still managed to lose against it. 

Just like their defeat against New Paltz, the Golden Eagles lost five out of their six games by a single goal, and while the element of luck can arguably come in to defend their case, the ball simply needs to be put in the back of the net. The numbers show the goals weren’t coming all season as Brockport held the second worst shot to goal ratio in the SUNYACS with .065 percent from 138 shots on nine goals. 

For the team’s third and final conference matchup, Brockport came up against Oswego on Friday, Oct. 19 for a low tier battle. A win was necessary to keep playoff hopes alive, so Brockport went right to work. Oswego got off to a great start with the opening goal of the contest after six minutes into the game. Despite that, Brockport came to get its job done and found the net before the halftime break. 

Following a last-minute scare for Brockport after a New Paltz forward rocked the crossbar, the game exceeded the regular period of 90 minutes and went into overtime. That is when Brockport’s sophomore Krista Statt won it all for Brockport with a clean strike from the middle of the box. The final score ended 2-1 in favor of Brockport. 

The victory over Oswego was crucial but the team’s last conference match against Cortland called for a do or die game plan. The last game-day of the campaign was scheduled for kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. 

Cortland set the pace and took over the game early, outplaying Brockport in the first half while creating triple the chances that the green and gold managed. 

Brockport failed to display a better performance after the halftime break, recording one more shot on target for the rest of the match. 

For the game-decider, and Brockport’s heart-breaker, Cortland’s midfielder Sidney Reeves fired from 38 yards out for Brockport’s goalie, Kimberly Lubanski to misjudge the hit and parry it in her own net. 

The Golden Eagles missed the last chance to make playoffs and watched their season end in a terrible one-goal loss to the Cortland Red Dragons. 

Brockport is left with a lone non-conference game against Alfred University on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in its overall schedule for the year. A convincing victory will add a positive edge to the team’s morale but won’t compensate for its poor conference run this season.