Brockport women move to .500 with Potsdam loss

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BROCKPORT, N.Y.- The College at Brockport women’s soccer team fell to SUNY Potsdam on Saturday afternoon, by a score of 2-1. With the loss, Brockport moves to a 4-4 overall record and 1-1 mark in SUNYAC play, while the Bears improve to 8-2 on the year and 1-1 in league play.

The Golden Eagles looked to get on the board early in this match-up—within the first two minutes Marissa Greiner tested the Bears goalkeeper with a nice shot from outside the box but was turned away. The Bears would control the ball for most of the first half. At the 19′ minute Potsdam found an opening in the Brockport defense, putting the Bears in the lead, 1-0.  The Golden Eagles quickly returned fire with a few offensive chances of their own but struggled to solve the Potsdam goalkeeper. Back and forth play continued throughout the half until the 44′ minute, when a Potsdam forward slipped away from the Brockport coverage and netted the Bears second goal of the night, advancing Potsdam to a 2-0 lead heading into the half.

In the second half the Green and Gold ramped up their intensity, forcing the Bears to play in their own end. The two teams were evenly matched through the first 15 minutes of the second half. Brockport started their comeback with a huge goal at the 65′ minute by senior forward, Brianna-Marie Sciacca, her first of the season.  The Bears looked like they might extend their lead at the 73′ minute, but Brockport goalkeeper Kimberly Lubanski, made an athletic play to turn it away. The Golden Eagles looked like they completed the comeback at the 81′ minute when a ball scramble in the Potsdam box lead to a shot off the crossbar that looked like it may have crossed the line but the officials of the game saw otherwise. The Brockport offense continued to battle the remainder of the half but the clock would expire with Potsdam on top, 2-1.

“It was a very dissapointing result for us,” said head coach Mike Idland “We played more than well enough to win in the second half, but we were lucky to only be down two at halftime considering how we played in the first half.”

The Green and Gold are back in action Friday, Sept. 28 when they host to SUNY Fredonia for a 4 p.m. matchup.

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