Women’s soccer edged by Cortland, take two of three

On Saturday Oct. 8 the Geneseo women's soccer team followed up their defeat of Keuka College by shutting out SUNY Brockport 3-0.

"Brockport was as complete a game as we have played all year – front to back for 90 minutes, scoring three goals against what has become a rivalry team," said head coach Nate Wiley. "Our defense was totally solid, no mistakes, our offense was firing on all cylinders. We just looked really good."

After a scoreless first half, senior Bre Glynn scored what would end up being the game winner 54 minutes, 20 seconds into the second half.

Wiley's efforts to replicate a more stressful environment of play during practices throughout the week seemed to work as Brockport recorded only two shots on goal the entire game.

"We did a really good job possessing the ball and not making silly mistakes, just a lot of attention to detail stuff we talk a lot about in training," Wiley said.

Senior Anne Beinetti scored her 12th and 13th goals of the season only 45 seconds apart late in the game, silencing any whispers of a Brockport comeback. Beinetti is just shy of averaging an unheard of one goal per game for the season.

"Having come from the weekend before where we didn't play as well as we knew we could have, and then a week later to respond like that was a lot of fun," Wiley said.    

This past Friday Oct. 14, the Knights continued winning as they defeated SUNY Oswego in overtime. Beinetti scored her team-leading 14th goal of the season just over three minutes into the overtime session to give Geneseo the win.    

While the muddy conditions made any shot dangerous, Geneseo's sophomore goalkeeper Julia Sanger was able to control every attempt Oswego made on goal.

Wiley applauded Sanger, stating that, "Our keeper made the saves look much easier than the adverse conditions actually made them."

The Knights' three-game winning streak was halted the next day as Geneseo fell to first place SUNY Cortland. Even though the Knights maintained a high percentage of possession, most of it took place in Cortland's half of the field and Geneseo registered only two shots on goal the entire game.

Cortland made the most of their limited possession as they scored in the 13th minute on one of their few chances of the match.

"When you've got two high level teams playing each other, that goal in the 13th minute can obviously be the difference, and it was in this match," Wiley said.  

After the loss, the Knights fall to 10-4-1 overall and 3-3-1 in SUNYAC. Geneseo looks to lock up a playoff spot this weekend as they travel to SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Potsdam on Oct. 21 and 22, respectively, for their last conference matchups.