Asset 2Geneseo shuts down Plattsburgh rally, captures 3-2 victory

GENESEO — Fourth-seeded Plattsburgh State women's soccer was edged by top-seeded Geneseo, 3-2, in a SUNYAC Tournament semifinal match Wednesday at Geneseo's College Stadium.

With the defeat, the Cardinals are eliminated from the SUNYAC Tournament.

Plattsburgh finished the season with a 10-8-1, 4-4-1 SUNYAC record and reached the SUNYAC Tournament semifinals for the sixth consecutive season under head coach Tania Armellino.

The Knights (15-2-1), who are ranked No. 14 nationally, are set to host second-seeded Cortland in the SUNYAC Tournament championship match at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.

After neither team scored in the first 15 minutes of the match, Geneseo scored in the 16th minute and 19th minute for the only two goals of the first half to take a 2-0 lead over the Cardinals into halftime.

For their first goal of the match, the Knights forced a turnover on Plattsburgh's side of midfield.

Sarah Loprieno played a ball ahead into the right side of the 18-yard box where Domenica Piccoli ran onto it.

Piccoli dribbled in on goal and finished from close range with a high shot over the Cardinals' goalkeeper to make the score 1-0 in the 16th minute.

Just over three minutes later, Ellie Gregory scored to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Knights.

Hannah Sullivan passed the ball from the right side of the 18-yard box to the front of the net where Gregory fired a shot to the left of the Plattsburgh goalkeeper to make the score 2-0 in the 19th minute.

After halftime, the Cardinals struck quickly to make the score 2-1 in the 48th minute.

Sophomore forward Allison Seidman played a ball ahead to sophomore forward Kirsten Villemaire (Plattsburgh, N.Y./Beekmantown) in the right side of the 18-yard box. Villemaire arced a shot over the goalkeeper for the goal.

Villemaire struck again with her team-leading 12th goal of the season in the 68th minute to tie the match at 2-2.

Sophomore midfielder Erin Metzger played a ball ahead to Villemaire, who got behind the defense and ran onto the ball.

Villemaire dribbled into the 18-yard box where she finished with a shot into the lower-left portion of the net.

Piccoli responded for Geneseo to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Knights in the 71st minute.

After a Geneseo corner kick, Picoli had an initial shot that was saved before kicking in her own rebound for the goal.

Plattsburgh continued to fight back, but was unable to find an equalizer.

Freshman goalkeeper Julia Ennis made four saves for the Cardinals, and Julia McDonald stopped two shots for the Knights.

Geneseo held an 11-8 advantage in shots and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Geneseo 3, Plattsburgh State 2

Plattsburgh State       0      2      —      2

Geneseo                      2      1      —      3

First half- 1, GEN, Piccoli (Loprieno), 15:46. 2, GEN, Gregory (Sullivan), 18:54.

Second half- 3, PSU, Villemaire (Seidman), 47:30. 4, PSU, Villemaire (Metzger), 67:05. 5, GEN, Piccoli, 70:17.

Shots- Geneseo 11, Plattsburgh State 8.

Saves- Ennis, PSU, 4. McDonald, GEN, 2.

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