SUNYAC spots secure for soccer teams

On Saturday, Oct. 20, the men's soccer team played host to the Buffalo State Bengals in their final regular season SUNYAC match. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, the second game in a row that has ended in a draw for the men's team.

The Knights struck first at the 25:44 mark in the first half. Sophomore Joey Mort crossed the corner into the penalty area and fellow sophomore Jeff Rahmlow headed in the goal to give Geneseo a 1-0 lead.

After that it was a back and forth game with neither team capitalizing on potential scoring opportunities. At the 67:11 mark in the second half, however, senior Christian Elizondo of Buffalo State hit the direct kick across the box and junior Aaron Gollegly volleyed it into the goal to tie the game at one.

Junior goalie Jeremy Reeves made six saves and Buffalo St.'s Dan Corti stopped 11 possible goals.

After the game there was a series of penalty kicks to determine seeding in the upcoming SUNYAC playoffs. The Bengals received the fifth seed after winning on penalty kicks 4-2. Geneseo received the sixth seed and will face off against #3 Brockport on Tuesday, Oct. 30. This Saturday they'll wrap up the regular season when they host Hamilton at noon.

The women's team fared much better than the men's as they traveled to Buffalo State and shutout the Bengals 2-0 to earn a spot in the SUNYAC tournament.

Junior Eileen Coyle was the reason for the Geneseo's success, scoring both goals for the Lady Knights. The first came off an assist from sophomore Melissa Beale at 12:17 and then Coyle scored unassisted from 18 yards out at 17:48.

Buffalo State had its chances, with 18 shots on goal and eight corner kicks. In their way, however, was senior goalie Laura Castor, who posted six saves for her fifth shutout of the season. Sophomore Meghan Jarrell of Buffalo St. was nearly as good, posting eight saves.

The women's team improved to 7-8-1 overall and 5-5-1 in SUNYAC play. They will close out their regular season this Saturday as they host Union at 2:30 p.m. After that they will square off against #3 Brockport on Oct. 29 in Brockport.