Soccer teams beat Oswego, fall to Cortland

The men's soccer team went 1-1 on the road this weekend, defeating Oswego on Friday and falling to Cortland in double overtime on Saturday.

In Friday's game, the Knights played tough and remained patient to secure a 1-0 victory. Freshman Ben Ariola scored the game's only goal in the 74th minute after an assist from junior Nick Prosser.

The Geneseo offense only took five shots on goal, but thanks to some solid play from junior goalkeeper Adam McMahon, that was all they needed. McMahon's four saves for Geneseo kept Oswego off the scoreboard and led Geneseo to its eighth win of the season.

The following day, the Knights traveled to Cortland for a difficult defensive struggle. In a contest that went into double overtime, neither team managed a shot on goal in regulation. Geneseo's offensive attack was balanced, as just about every starter took a shot at one point, but the Knights just couldn't find a way to score.

At the end of regulation, with the score still knotted up at 0-0, the Knights pressed on through almost two full periods of overtime. It wasn't until the 107th minute that Cortland's Sean Malone put one past McMahon, who had one save, to narrowly pull ahead for the victory.

Geneseo's record now stands at 8-6 overall and 5-4 in the SUNYAC division. The Knights are currently ranked seventh in the conference, and with only four regular season games remaining, their playoff hopes seem to be shrinking by the week. They will host Buffalo State this Saturday, followed by St. John Fisher next Wednesday and Hamilton next Saturday.

Meanwhile, the women's team hosted Oswego on Friday and came away with a 2-0 victory. Junior Eileen Coyle opened the scoring in the 69th minute, scoring on a rebound off of Oswego's crossbar. Coyle leads the team with seven goals this season. Junior Alison Lewis was credited with the assist.

Geneseo made it a 2-0 game in the 75th minute when sophomore Stephanie Bergin scored off a cross from freshman Karrie Gurbacki. The defense was solid, holding Oswego's offense to only two shots on goal. Senior Laura Castor was also dependable in goal, notching two saves.

The following day, the Knights hosted visiting Cortland and shared the same fate as the men's team: The women took a 1-0 loss to the Red Dragons after allowing an early goal. Cortland's Mallory Morris scored on a cross from Kelsey Allen in the 27th minute, and their defense was able to do the rest. Geneseo managed a respectable seven shots, including three on goal, but were unable to score on Cortland goalie Megan Thayer. Castor was dominant in goal, snagging five saves, but thanks to their strong defense, Cortland only needed one goal to win the game.

The women's team is currently ranked sixth in the SUNYAC. Their record stands at 6-7-1 overall, and 4-4 in the conference. They will visit Buffalo State this Saturday, and will host Union next Saturday in their final home game of the season.