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Men's soccer finds its rhythm

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Tue, Sep 10th 2019 11:00 pm
Senior goalie Tautis Poniskaitis punts the ball to his offense.
Senior goalie Tautis Poniskaitis punts the ball to his offense.

While the regular season has only just begun and no movement has been made up the SUNYAC ladder, The College at Brockport men’s soccer team has not let the foot off the gas as it looks to continue its stellar start to this campaign following a streak of three wins. 

After coming off the back of a championship-winning season, nerves were inevitable for the team. Despite a wrong-footed season opener against Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where Brockport fell in a 3-2 loss, any theme of negative emotion has since disappeared as the team has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 12-1 in three games following the loss to RIT. 

The commanding run of performances began on Aug. 31 when Brockport ravaged Westminster College in a 5-0 victory. During that win, five different goal scorers set the pace for the rest of the week, the next of which was played against Clarkson University on Friday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. 

In similar fashion to its demolition of Westminster, Brockport got off the mark early and never looked back. Following an uneventful first 10 minutes of play from Clarkson, Brockport took advantage after senior left back Michael Meyers found the top left corner of the net for his first collegiate goal. In the next 15 minutes, Brockport found itself with a three goal lead as the connection of sophomore midfielder DJ Taylor and senior center back Chris Kinsley along with senior forward Nikolas Sgaraglio and sophomore midfielder Zach Langelotti pushed the team to halftime at 3-0. 

While Clarkson grabbed a consolation goal in the second half of the contest, it proved to have no significance as Brockport added two more to its tally and recorded its second victory of the season. 

Beating Clarkson meant Brockport now possesses a positive record, but it most importantly allowed for a huge boost to the team’s morale. 

“First game of the season has us shaking in our boots,” Kinsley said. “As games go by, we only get better and taking it day by day is the only way we will be successful.” 

With high spirits and hot offensive flow, Brockport kept the ball rolling in its trip to Elmira College the following day after its impressive display against Clarkson. 

In a contest that once again saw Brockport claim the lead early in the opening half, senior midfielder Jason Hayes put the team on the board followed by senior forward Jeff Hibbard, who scored his third goal of the season while the team continued its defensive prowess for the remainder of the game. 

At the final whistle, the Golden Eagles topped Elmira 2-0. During the week, they maintained the backline solidity, allowing only five shots on target throughout a three game stretch.

Despite a bright start to what is still a young season with an overall record of 3—1 and a series of non-conference matchups to go until Brockport’s SUNYAC schedule comes into play, the team cannot afford to slip up in the preliminary stages of the season.

“The major difference is we’re no longer underdogs anymore,” sophomore forward and main talisman Matthew Stefaniw said. “Everyone wants our crown and wants to knock us off our feet.” 

While Brockport prepares for another two weeks of non-conference play to continue, it will set its sights on perfecting its craft in the games that follow. The first of which will be played today on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. at St. John Fisher College, followed by a home contest against Medaille College on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

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