GENESEO, N.Y. - The second-seeded Cortland (12-5-2) upset No. 1 and host Geneseo (15-3-1), 1-0, in overtime, Saturday to capture the 2019 women's soccer championship title. This is the Red Dragons ninth overall title and first since 2012. With the win Cortland earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Video: Cortland Sophomore Jaden Galluzzo (Commack) scored 6:26 into overtime and was named the Tournament MVP
Sophomore Amanda Lobban (East Greenbush/Columbia) set up the winning goal when she sent a long ball from Cortland's defensive side of the field that Galluzzo tracked down behind the Geneseo defense. Galluzzo dribbled in to the left of the goal and sent a low shot into the right side of the net for her team-high 10th goal of the season to ignite the Cortland celebration.
Cortland goalie Danika Svendsen (Stillwater) made two saves for her sixth shutout of the season. Geneseo goalie Julia McDonald finished with seven saves.
Geneseo had the best scoring chance early when Domenica Piccoli's shot hit the crossbar in the fourth minute. Cortland posted the remaining 10 shots of the first half, three saved by McDonald. The Red Dragons finished the game with a 15-9 edge in shots, including the only shot for either team in overtime, but Geneseo earned five corner kicks to Cortland's two. With just over a minute left in regulation the hosts earned a corner kick and got a shot by Mackenzie Griffin that was turned was for a team save at the left post by freshman Emily Hinck (Farmingdale). Cortland was able to thwart one final Geneseo corner kick to send the game to overtime.
2019 Women's Soccer All Tournament Team
Kylie Longin, Brockport
Taylor Eckleston, Brockport
Kiersten Villemaire, Plattsburgh
Erin Metzger, Plattsburgh
Hannah Sullivan, Geneseo
Ellie Gregory, Geneseo
Domenica Piccoli, Geneseo
Janessa Factor, Cortland
Danika Svendsen, Cortland
Alannah O'Shea, Cortland
MVP Jaden Galluzo, Cortland
The SUNYAC Elite 20, an award modeled after the NCAA ELITE 90 program, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the conference championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The 2019 SUNYAC women's soccer winner is Geneseo sophomore Hannah Sullivan (Marlboro, N.Y.).