This past weekend the Geneseo women's soccer team competed in the University of Rochester's annual Flower City Tournament, starting off the 2011 season with a 1-1 record.
Geneseo fell 2-1 to Skidmore College in the first match but rebounded less than 24 hours later to crush Medaille College 9-0 in the consolation game.
After a preseason marred by a seemingly constant string of injuries, Geneseo reached its full strength just in time for the opener against Skidmore. Geneseo jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal by senior attacker Anne Beinetti at the 15 minute, 57 second mark on a breakaway.
Coming off a productive, but injury-plagued 2010 campaign, the bar is set high for the prolific goal scorer Beinetti.
"Expectations are certainly high this year with nine out of 11 starters returning," head coach Nate Wiley said.
After controlling play early on, Skidmore found a crack in the Knights' armor and scored with only one second left in the half. "We were all frustrated and a little upset, but we talked about the fact that for 44 and a half minutes we were the better team and we needed to go out and prove that again in the second half," Wiley said.
While Geneseo did respond well coming out strong from halftime, it was not able to prevent Skidmore from taking the lead with a tally at the 52:12 mark. "We responded well to the second goal; we just couldn't find that equalizer," Wiley said.
Fortunately for Geneseo, they had the opportunity to face Medaille College, which lost 7-0 in the opener against Rochester.
The Knights recorded a goal in the fourth minute and set the tone early, not allowing themselves to play down to the level of the noticeably weaker Medaille. Beinetti led the way for Geneseo once again, recording two goals and two assists. Junior Emily Novak and senior Melanie Rocchio each tallied two goals apiece. While the match did not provide much competition, it did give coach Wiley the opportunity to see some players in a live game situation that would have typically not seen so much playing time.
The Knights recorded their second consecutive win this past Tuesday, Sept. 6 as they defeated St. Lawrence University, 2-1. Geneseo took the lead in the first half on a header by junior Shannon Spusta. The Knights threatened to double their lead with a beautiful sequence of passing, starting from the defense that led to a point blank shot off the right post in the waning moments of the first half. St. Lawrence finally got on the board in the second half and tied the game in the 72nd minute. The game remained tied until the Knights scored what proved to be the game winner in the 84th minute, as senior Bella Masotti put home a thrown ball from Beinetti.
The win moves the Knights to 2-1 for the year. Geneseo competes in the Manhattanville College Tournament Sept. 10 - 11 and is set to face the host in the opening round.