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Women's soccer battles through first conference games

by Paul Cifonelli - Sports Editor
Tue, Oct 1st 2019 09:00 pm
Sophomore Kayla Bailey throws the ball back into play on Friday, Sept. 27 against SUNY Cortland. Brockport went on to lose the game 3-2 after holding an early lead.
Sophomore Kayla Bailey throws the ball back into play on Friday, Sept. 27 against SUNY Cortland. Brockport went on to lose the game 3-2 after holding an early lead.

After a two-game losing streak to start the season, The College at Brockport women’s soccer team went 4—1—1 over its last six non-conference matches. The Golden Eagles scored 15 goals and conceded four over that span. Teams were not able to crack Brockport’s tough defensive line or trio of young goalies. The Golden Eagles went into this past weekend’s games with plenty of momentum, which carried into the first few minutes of its SUNYAC opener against SUNY Cortland on Friday, Sept. 27.

Brockport came out hot early, scoring two goals in the first eight and a half minutes of the contest. Sophomore midfielder Sydnee Smith opened the scoring three minutes into the game off an assist from freshman forward Camryn Pettit. Smith’s goal was quickly followed by freshman forward Kylie Longin, who scored her fourth goal in nine collegiate games. Pettit also picked up the assist on Longin’s goal, the first two of her Brockport career.

Cortland answered before the end of the first half, knotting the game at two with the two tallies coming roughly three minutes apart.

The momentum in the first half went back and forth the whole time. Brockport attempted the first three shots of the game to score its two goals. Cortland followed that up with six consecutive shots to tie the game. The rest of the half saw the Golden Eagles outshoot the Red Dragons 3-2. While the first half was played evenly, Cortland dominated the rest of the game.

The Red Dragons took nine shots, with only three going on net, in the second half. Brockport only attempted one during that time. Freshman goalie Kayla Usborne saved all three shots that went on net to send the game to overtime. 

The overtime period lasted just under six minutes, as Cortland stopped an early attack from Brockport and scored on its first offensive chance of the frame. When the final whistle blew, the Red Dragons came away with a 3-2 victory.

Despite the loss, the Golden Eagles found value in the way they competed against Cortland.

“Our team was proud of the way we played against Cortland but we were very disappointed in the result,” sophomore defender Kayla Bailey said. “We played with such grit and really deserved the win, but that’s how the SUNYAC works. Anyone can beat you any day.”

Brockport had an opportunity to rebound the next day against SUNY Oswego. The Golden Eagles were determined not to let another game slip away, rifling shots at Oswego’s goalie all game en route to a 2-0 victory. Brockport attempted 19 shots in the game and put 12 on net.

Pettit scored both of Brockport’s goals, with one in each half. Smith and senior forward Molly Zientek each picked up an assist on Pettit’s first goal. The second was scored on a penalty kick. Usborne started for the second day in a row against Oswego and saved all seven shots that came her way.

Even though the Golden Eagles came away with a 2-0 victory, Oswego had its chances to score. Zientek said that her and her teammates will have to show up to play every game in order to continue their winning ways and have a shot at the postseason.

“It’s very important to continue to keep winning,” Zientek said. “There’s not a team in the SUNYAC that is easy to beat, so in order to be successful we have to be ready to fight every weekend to fight for a win.”

Brockport’s next conference battles will take place on Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5. Both games will be on the road, with the Friday tilt coming against SUNY Potsdam at 4 p.m. Saturday’s matchup will be against SUNY Plattsburgh at 1 p.m.

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