The women's soccer team won two of its first three games, kicking off its season with a second place finish at the Lotto Tournament at St. Lawrence University.
The Knights defeated Clarkson University in the first game of the tournament 5-0 after breaking the game open in the second half. Freshman Olivia Panepinto initiated Geneseo's lead by scoring the first point of the game off an assist from junior Kelly Bergin.
The floodgates opened in the second half for the Knights as junior Anne Beinetti netted two of the team's four second-half goals. Junior Bre Glynn added a goal to extend the Knights' lead to five late in the game. Geneseo outshot Clarkson 34-8 and senior Katie Clerkin made five saves, picking up the shutout.
"The first game of the year we're trying to find our rhythm," head coach Nate Wiley said. "We were generating opportunities but our composure was a little off in the first half."
Saturday, the Knights fell to St. Lawrence in the championship game, 1-0. The Saints scored 10 minutes into the second half on a shot from the top of the box. The Knights' comeback attempt came up short despite 13 shots in the second half; overall the Knights outshot St. Lawrence 17-10.
"Not too many players could have made that goal," Wiley said. "Even though they were down a goal they still had the resiliency to compete. It shows a lot about their character." Beinetti, Panepinto and junior Bella Masotti were named to the all-tournament team.
Tuesday the Knights continued non-conference play with a 3-0 win over Elmira College. Geneseo maintained possession of the ball in the first half but were unable to score despite a 20-3 shot advantage. Elmira did have one major opportunity to score during the half, but Clerkin managed a diving save.
Beinetti gave Geneseo the lead in the second half with her third goal of the week. The junior recently transferred to Geneseo after playing for two years at Monroe Community College. "She comes in with two years of high level experience," Wiley noted.
Senior Jane Matejcik extended the Knights' lead to two in the second half on a feed from sophomore Cailin Kowalewski. Freshman Kelly Quinn then netted a goal on a rebound after her first shot was blocked by the opposing goalie. The Knights had a large shooting advantage for the third straight game, outshooting the Eagles 33-9. Clerkin made five saves to pick up her second shutout of the season.
Head coach Nate Wiley said the team is still trying to figure out which combinations of players yield the most success. "Right now we're looking for the best combination of players to see what works best," he added. "We can't take any breaks; we need to play a full 90 minutes."
The Knights travel to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Saturday, Sept. 11 before opening up SUNYAC play a week later at home against SUNY Brockport.