After a few games of sparse offensive play, the floodgates opened as Geneseo women’s soccer won its home opener, defeating Lycoming College by a margin of 7-0. Midfielder senior Alexa Vojvodic started the day’s scoring quickly, notching a goal in just the fourth minute of play. After jumping out to such an early lead, the Knights showed focus keeping nearly constant pressure on the Lycoming defense.
Midfielder senior Alexa Krebs capitalized on a missed clearance, making the game 2-0 at the 24-minute mark. Forward senior Amanda Gray added a goal in the 35th, giving the Knights a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.
Head coach Nate Wiley said that he was pleased with how the team responded against what he called, a “weaker opponent.”
“We certainly need to take advantage when we play a weaker team,” he said. “We did a pretty good job of executing on a lot of the things we have been working on the past few weeks. From a coach’s perspective, it is good to see a team actually executing on the things that you work on.”
The second half largely mimicked the first, with the Knights scoring early and often. Freshman Emily Green slotted one past the keeper in the 51st minute. Freshman Erin O’Connor finished a cross from sophomore Stephanie Clookey in the 53rd minute. O’Connor came back again with a goal in the 57th to increase the lead to 6-0. A final strike in the 67th minute from midfielder freshman Carolanne Murphy rounded out the scoring.
The Knights had an impressive 34 shots on goal while only allowing three shots. Despite this, Wiley said that there is always room for improvement.
“Even though we scored seven goals, we had 18 shots on target and that percentage being below 50 percent is something we can work on,” he said. “In addition, we did give up a couple of counterattacks, so focus is something that can improve, especially when you are dominating a team because it can be easy to lose focus.
“Having the confidence of seeing the ball hit the net is something that we can build of off,” Wiley said. “We did well executing against a weaker team; now can we do that against stronger opponents.”
At noon on Saturday Sept. 21 the Knights will visit St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
The women’s soccer team faced Rochester Intitute of Technology on Wednesday Sept. 18 in Rochester. The game ended in a 0-0 tie in overtime.