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Women's soccer sweeps week to even out record

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Tue, Sep 10th 2019 11:00 pm
Freshman forward Kylie Longin beats a defender during her team's 2-1 win over St. John Fisher.
Freshman forward Kylie Longin beats a defender during her team's 2-1 win over St. John Fisher.

When the 2018 campaign came to a close, speculations over what the future held for The College at Brockport women’s soccer team were of doubt and hopelessness, as it recorded the program’s worst season since 2007. Despite negative morale from outsiders, the team’s most recent streak of two victories hint toward a year of revamping and high spirits.  

In the season that passed, Brockport finished with an overall record of 7—11 and a conference record of 3—6 while holding one of the worst defensive records in the conference. Inconsistencies ranged across multiple parts of the field, many of which will look to be handled with the help of new additions to the team this term.

At the end of August, the team brought in a total of 12 freshman recruits that have settled in well to their new positions and have assisted in filling in gaps from the seniors who departed at the end of last season. Only four games into the new campaign, the new acquisitions have made their mark and helped in bringing Brockport out of the two-game losing slump it suffered at the opening of this season. 

Following those consecutive losses in the closing days of August, Brockport bounced back with two wins to even out its record during the opening week of games at home, the first of which came against St. John Fisher College this past week on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. 

Despite an uninspiring first half from Brockport, who only managed to test the opponent’s goalie once and allowed seven shots to be taken from St. John Fisher, both sides went into the halftime break in a stalemate of 0-0. Shortly after the halftime whistle, Brockport’s junior defender Courtney Franz, assisted by freshman midfielder Julia Mascaro, put her team on the board. Brockport’s lead did not suffice as St. John Fisher evened the score 10 minutes later and set the contest up for overtime. 

In the overtime stage, Brockport grabbed its first victory of the season following a connection from two new recruits. Freshman forward Brylie Hapeman crossed the ball to freshman defensive midfielder Franchesca Polcaro, who slotted it to end the game at 2-1. In the thriller, freshman goalie Morgan Lupo managed 10 saves to open up her collegiate career. 

With its first taste of momentum since the opening of the season, Brockport headed into its second game of the weekend series against Houghton College, which the team would go on to win in a similar fashion to its victory over St. John Fisher. 

Brockport’s offense piled on the pressure from the opening whistle and got rewarded with the first goal, scored by freshman forward Kiley Longin to find the back of the net for the second time this season. As the game approached halftime, Brockport grabbed its second goal from a screamer by freshman attacking midfielder Camryn Pettit, who found the left corner of the net, assisted by freshman midfielder Cassie Parker to put her team up 2-0. Brockport would go on to cruise to its second victory of the campaign. 

Of the four goals scored in Brockport’s two-game winning streak, three of the scores were contributed by freshmen, which proved to be a critical factor in the victories. 

“We are a younger team so getting girls more minutes in college level soccer was the difference,” senior forward Molly Zientek said. “It has allowed to learn just how hard it is to win a college soccer game.” 

Despite the current string of positive results, the team’s overall balance is yet to be determined. While freshman additions are due to provide more firepower and needed depth, Brockport will look to fuse its chemistry in order to find consistency. The team has an opportunity to extend its run of form this weekend in two away fixtures, taking on Alfred University on Friday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. and SUNY Canton on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. 

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