Courtesy of GoBrockport.com
BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The College at Brockport men’s soccer team saw their season come to an end on Saturday, falling to Plattsburgh State 2-1 in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Quarterfinals.
The Golden Eagles fell behind in the first 10 minutes of the game after a well-placed ball by the opponent. A majority of the remaining 35 minutes was quiet in terms of goal scoring, with only four combined shots between the two teams. Brockport created a couple of high quality chances using free kicks and crosses, but they were unable to convert. The score remained 1-0 heading into the break.
The two teams battled hard as the second half progressed. Plattsburgh knocked in a second goal in the 60th minute but the Green and Gold answered as Jason Hayes netted a free-kick from right outside the box to bring the score to 2-1 in the 61st minute. Brockport was unable to net the equalizer in the remaining 29 minutes, falling to the Cardinals 2-1.
“It is an unfortunate end to the season,” commented head coach Gary LaPietra. “I am disappointed for the players, considering how far we have come from last season.”
The Golden Eagles finished the season 10-6-3 and 5-3-2 in SUNYAC play. Senior defender Chris Aherneled the team in goals this year with seven and Connor DeSantis led the unit in assists with three. Goalkeeper Joseph Romano finished with a 9-6-3 record while making 79 saves and recording four shutouts.
“I am very proud of our outgoing seniors, their commitment and contribution was inspirational to our young players,” stated coach LaPietra.