Women’s soccer kicks off with strong start

The Geneseo women’s soccer team is looking to follow up their impressive run in the 2015 season. This will be a tough task, though, considering they went a respectable 11-5-1, with only three in-conference losses all year. The Knights had a very exciting preseason, taking a trip to Brazil in early June to travel and play against some heavy competition in one of the world’s biggest soccer countries. This preseason trip not only let the women see some exciting competition, but it also brought the team together and got the freshmen acclimated with the team. Chemistry is what separates the good teams from the great ones, and trips like this create that chemistry.

“The freshmen are adjusting fine. There’s nine seniors and nine freshmen, so we’re all going out of our way to make them feel as comfortable as possible,” senior back Patricia Galan said.

Before kicking off their season in the Flower City Classic at the University of Rochester on Friday Sept. 2, the women worked to up their game throughout their preseason—without injuries.

“We worked hard, we played hard and we stretched a lot, which was huge for us,” Galan said. “Avoiding injuries will give us our best chance to win late in the season.”

In their 2016 season opener, the Knights tied the game against Rochester. This game proved to be a great way to shake the dust off and see what some of the rookies have to offer. Ultimately, it was junior forward Audrey Reid who scored the goal within the fourth minute.

To follow their game against the University of Rochester, the women were able to take down Union College in their second game of the Flower City Classic tournament. Geneseo beat Union by a score of 3-0—all scored by seniors—which included the work of forward Erin O’Connor, midfielder Emily Green and midfielder Laurie Knapp.

This tournament was a great way to set the tone for the season. It gave the coaching staff and team veterans an idea of what exactly they’ll be working with for the upcoming regular season.

“We expect to win SUNYACs, at least,” Galan said. “And the goal is to make it to the NCAA Tournament this year, which is really exciting.”

The women’s home opener is on Thursday Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. on the new turf. They will be taking on Nazareth College, a team that had their number last year, beating them toward the beginning of the season by a score of 3-0.

The Knights are definitely looking to put last year’s loss behind them, especially since their first season game is at home. Other notable upcoming games this season include an in-conference with rivals Buffalo State, SUNY Fredonia and SUNY Cortland.

With the tremendous senior leadership and an eager class of freshmen looking to make their mark, the Geneseo women’s soccer team’s 2016 season is one that certainly has potential to be both successful and memorable.