Co-authored by Quinn La Rock and Andrew Mundweiler
This past Friday, October 23rd, the Cortland Women’s Soccer team hosted the Geneseo Knights in a showdown of two of the SUNYAC’s best. Cortland came into the game boasting a 4-2-1 conference record. Geneseo, 7-0-0, had yet to even concede a goal in conference play.
Cortland came out like a bat out of hell, striking in the 4th minute. Sophomore Erin Valente was the hero giving Cortland the early 1-0 lead and snapping Geneseo senior goaltender Emily Janiszewski’s streak of 8 consecutive clean sheets. Geneseo wasn’t going to be held behind long tho, as junior Domenica Piccoli quickly tied the game in the 5th minute.
The game would remain tied at 1 until the 50th minute when Cortland freshman Jaden Galluzzo put a much needed goal behind the Geneseo keeper, giving C-state a 2-1 lead over the Knights. Cortland sophomore keeper Danika Svendson made a huge breakaway save with only 25 minutes left to help preserve the Red Dragons lead. Svendson would end the game with 3 saves.
The remainder of the match was very neutral as both teams looked to add more to their total. Both teams played their hearts out up until the 90th minute whistle, but it would ultimately be the Red Dragons of Cortland coming out on top with a score of 2-1. The result was the first loss of the season for the Knights, who came into the game ranked as the number 17 NCAA DIII team in the nation.
After the game, we caught up with Erin Valente. “This was a huge win for us, especially against such a strong team. We knew coming into the game that their goalie was going to be a problem for us after not giving up a goal in 8 straight, and even breaking the SUNYAC consecutive shutout record, but when I put one behind her at such an early moment, it really gave our team the confidence to know we could do this.”
The big win by the Red Dragons inspired us to post the win to our personal social media accounts! If we can get more student-athletes to do this, Cortland Athletics would be circulating in the twitter sphere.
Big win for Cortland Women’s Soccer pic.twitter.com/TaPBncjg3E
— Tommy Shelby (@qlarock22) October 23, 2018