The Geneseo women’s soccer team failed to break its losing streak at SUNY New Paltz on Friday Sept. 28, falling 1-0.
The team came into play with vengeance as it sought its first win of the season. The Knights surged on offense, outshooting the Hawks 8-5 in the first half while forcing opposing senior goalkeeper Stephanie Vega to make five saves.
Going into the second half, the Knights couldn’t find the same momentum they had in the first. The first and only goal of the game came in the 59th minute on a header from New Paltz senior forward Shelby Kondelka.
The Knights couldn’t recover from the goal, and the game marked the third consecutive scoreless game for Geneseo.
The Knights failed to learn from their mistakes for the next game against SUNY Oneonta, who won 1-0 in overtime. Oneonta outshot Geneseo 16-3 and junior goalkeeper Julia Sanger recorded seven saves to keep the Knights in the game.
The two losses mark the ninth and 10th consecutive losses for the Knights. Here are three ways the Knights are looking to improve on their season, according to head coach Nate Wiley:
Wiley said he believes that the team doesn’t need big goal scoring threats like Beinetti and Bergin but instead a team effort to score goals.
“We’re a team that’s going to rely on multiple people scoring multiple goals as opposed to one or two players being the bulk of our attack. We need to find a way to spread our attack.” Wiley said he plans to incorporate his newer acquisitions on the team to shoulder some of the scoring burden. Freshman Kelsey Raschke, who has totaled one assist, 12 shots and a 50 percent shot percentage, is one player he will call upon.
While the Knights have not won a game this year, Wiley said he expects to do well against the Brockport Golden Eagles.
“We’re going to have opportunities to score goals against them,” Wiley said. “We just have to make sure we can put those opportunities away.”