The Geneseo women’s soccer team tied SUNY Oneonta and defeated SUNY New Paltz on Friday Oct. 4 and Saturday Oct. 5, respectively. From the numbers, it looked as if Oneonta dominated the game, tallying 20 shots to the Knights’ 11. Head coach Nate Wiley sees it differently, however.
“It’s difficult to judge a game on paper,” Wiley said. “What I look at is shots on goal. A shot just for the sake of a shot … doesn’t really matter.”
Oneonta was only ahead 8-5 in shots on goal. In the overtime periods, the teams tied at three apiece.
Against New Paltz, Geneseo improved up on its attack.
“We’re going to generate more offense against a team like [New Paltz],” Wiley said, adding that he was impressed that his team was able to come back with so much energy in its second game in 48 hours.
Against the Hawks, the Knights had nine shots on goal and only allowed two for New Paltz. Freshman Laurie Knapp scored her first collegiate goal in the 20th minute to give the Knights the lead.
Knapp, a native of Guilderland, received fifth team All-State honors as a senior and in the same year, led the Guilderland High School team as captain.
“[Knapp] will score many more this year,” Wiley said. “I think the confidence she gained from that [goal] will help her in going forward.”
Knapp is part of a young core of players that play up top for the Knights. She has excelled alongside her fellow freshman offensive standout Erin O’Connor. The two have a combined total of 28 shots on goal.
The weekend as a whole should be looked at as a positive, although the Knights tied with SUNY Brockport with one conference point behind co-leaders Oneonta and SUNY Cortland.
“You certainly want to take six points as opposed to four, but we didn’t lose at home, and that’s a positive,” Wiley added. Wiley also noted that the team’s tie with Oneonta was big because it kept Oneonta from building a big lead at the top of the standings.
On Saturday Oct. 12, before the team rests during fall break, the Knights will head to SUvNY Brockport to face the Golden Eagles.
And the first-place standing is up for grabs on Saturday. If both Oneonta and Cortland lose or tie their games, the winner of the Geneseo-Brockport matchup will be the sole possessor of first place.