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Women's soccer enters wide open SUNYAC Tournament

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Tue, Oct 29th 2019 09:00 pm
Junior Marissa Greiner chases a player from SUNY Geneseo who has possession of the ball on Saturday, Oct. 26. Brockport lost the game 1-0, which cost it a chance at a first round bye in the SUNYAC Tournament. The loss also snapped a five-game win streak for the Golden Eagles. They will now take on SUNY Oneonta in the first round.
Junior Marissa Greiner chases a player from SUNY Geneseo who has possession of the ball on Saturday, Oct. 26. Brockport lost the game 1-0, which cost it a chance at a first round bye in the SUNYAC Tournament. The loss also snapped a five-game win streak for the Golden Eagles. They will now take on SUNY Oneonta in the first round.

With the 2019 SUNYAC playoff seeds decided at the close of the most successful regular season in over five years for The College at Brockport women’s soccer team, the Golden Eagles await their chance at making an impact in this year’s conference tournament.

In what can only be described as a turn-around campaign for the program, Brockport’s early-season stumbles were followed by a historic conference run. During this run, the team finished with a 6—3 record, its best since 2012. 

The last of Brockport’s three defeats came during the final game of the regular season and left a stain on the otherwise brilliant season. The contest was played on Saturday, Oct. 26 against undefeated conference leader SUNY Geneseo.

While Brockport was riding on a four-game winning streak ahead of the match, Geneseo’s title-defending experience ultimately proved to be superior to Brockport’s efforts. 

Despite registering two shots on goal compared to Brockport’s zero during the opening half, Geneseo’s high-flying offense was not able to crack the deadlock as both sides entered halftime at a stalemate of 0-0. 

Brockport’s attempts to find the winning edge were more prevalent during the closing half, as the team kept Geneseo junior goalie Julia McDonald busy for the first time in the contest with two shots on target. In Geneseo’s favor, Brockport was not able to find an answer to the opponent’s defensive line and was instead handed a 1-0 loss following a converted rebound from Geneseo senior midfielder Sarah Loprieno. 

Brockport’s defeat to Geneseo, along with unfavorable results from the rest of the conference, ended the team’s chances of securing a bye from the SUNYAC Tournament quarterfinals and officially placed it as the #3 seed. 

A look past Geneseo’s result allows Brockport to take charge toward its first tournament opponent and place its focus on progressing onto the semifinal stage of the competition for the first time since 2013. 

“If anything, the Geneseo loss only fueled our fire even more to make a deep playoff run,” freshman goalie Kayla Usborne said. “We’re ready for a dog fight, we have what it needs to not only compete, but make a run in the tournament.” 

 Despite its absence from the SUNYAC tournament last year, Brockport’s lack of experience in competing at the highest level of the conference is not a factor that could harm its chances in this campaign’s postseason run, as the tournament playing field is wide open for anyone to take. 

“The parity in the SUNYAC really is remarkable, and we talk about how every team can beat every team, so there will never be an easy game — especially in the playoffs,” Brockport head coach Mike Idland said. “But, I think our team has the mentality and maturity level to earn these wins and fight for a championship.”

Brockport’s home turf advantage is set to continue on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m., where the team will look to secure a spot in the SUNYAC Tournament semifinals with a win over SUNY Oneonta. 

The Red Dragons were only able to clinch the last spot in the tournament by a single point. Despite being the lower seed and having a negative goal ratio on the season, Oneonta is not an opponent that should be taken lightly. 

A victory over Oneonta in the quarterfinals of the tournament will secure Brockport’s first taste of a semifinal contest in six years and set up a matchup with SUNY Cortland on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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