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Geneseo and Cortland to play for 2019 SUNYAC women's soccer crown

Geneseo and Cortland to play for 2019 SUNYAC women's soccer crown

Full SUNYAC Women's Soccer Championship Bracket

The top two-seeded women's soccer teams, No. 1 Geneseo (15-2-1) and No. 2 Cortland (11-5-2) will play for the 2019 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title, Saturday in Geneseo. The Knights look to win their third-straight and ninth overall title while the Red Dragons will fight for their ninth overall title and first since 2012.

The Cortland Red Dragons topped No. 3 Brockport, 5-1, while Geneseo outlasted No. 4 Plattsburgh, 3-2, Tuesday in the SUNYAC semifinals on campus. Brockport ends its season 12-7-1 overall and Plattsburgh finishes the 2019 season 10-8-1.

More Details - Brockport at Cortland

Junior Janessa Factor (Selden/Sachem East) led Cortland with two goals and one assist. Sophomore Jaden Galluzzo (Commack) tallied one goal and one assist, and junior Alannah O'Shea (New Hyde Park/Herricks) and freshman Sabrina Rodrigues (West Hempstead) each netted a goal. Junior Nina DiNardo (Dix Hills/Half Hollow Hills East) and freshmen Emily Hinck (Farmingdale) and Gabrielle Savage (Port Jefferson Station/Comsewogue) recorded one assist apiece.

Junior Danika Svendsen (Stillwater) started in goal for the Red Dragons, making two saves in 70:37 before giving way to freshman Lindsey Jolly (Massapequa), who stopped two shots over the final 19:23 in her first collegiate action.

Senior Molly Zientek (Holland) scored the goal for Brockport (12-7-1). Freshman Brylie Hapeman (Albion/Charles D'Amico) assisted on the goal. Freshman Kayla Usborne (Madison) started in the net for the Golden Eagles, stopping four shots in 66:00. Senior Kimberly Lubanski (Leicester/York) played the final 24 minutes, registering two saves.

Factor netted her first goal in the 14th minute to open the scoring, taking a through ball from Hinck in the middle of the box and beating Usborne with a low shot. Rodrigues made it 2-0 in the 16th minute. DiNardo served a long pass into the box that Rodrigues ran onto and knocked a shot off Usborne's hand and inside the left post. Factor's second goal 4:38 before the half gave Cortland a 3-0 lead as she one-timed a cross from Galluzzo from the middle of the box inside the left post.

The Red Dragons pushed their advantage to 5-0 in the second half with goals just 35 seconds apart. O'Shea blasted a 40-yard shot into the upper left corner at 62:14, and Galluzzo finished off a breakaway at 62:49 for her team-high ninth goal of the season. Brockport created two chances that Jolly denied with a save at the left post in the 73rd minute and with a diving stop at the same post in the 77th minute. The Golden Eagles eventually broke through in the 83rd minute when Zientek deposited a 15-yard shot inside the far post.

More Details - Plattsburgh at Geneseo

Geneseo got on the board in the 16th minute of action. Senior midfielder Sarah Loprieno sprung Piccoli with a pass down Plattsburgh's right flank before Piccoli finished a 15-yard run with a short chip in front of the right post.

The Knights took a 2-0 lead three minutes later after junior forward Ellie Gregory took a cross from sophomore forward Hannah Sullivan on the right wing and finished a 10-yard volley in the left half of the Cardinal goal.

Plattsburgh evened the score on a pair of tallies by sophomore forward Kirsten Villemarie in the first 22 minutes of the second half. She scored on a long looping shot from the right wing in the 48th minute before beating a Geneseo back on a 20-yard run on goal for a 10-yard finish inside the right post in the 68th minute.  

Geneseo found the go-ahead goal on a corner kick in the 70th minute. Piccoli finished off a large scrum from inside the six-yard line, toe-poking the ball past the keeper for the eventual game-winner.

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