GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's soccer team hosts Oneonta on Wednesday (Nov. 2) in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament Semifinals at 1:00 p.m.
Unbeaten in eight of its last nine matches, Geneseo (8-2-5) is riding one of the nation's stingiest defenses into the SUNYAC Tournament this season. Ranked 12th in Division III and first in the conference with a 0.32 goals against average, the Knights have only allowed five total goals in 15 matches while shutting out nine of their opponents.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski stands ninth in the country with a .918 save percentage while her 0.32 goals against average is also the 13th-lowest total nationally.
Senior midfielder Emily Green leads the Knights with 11 points on four goals and three assists, while senior forward Erin O'Connor is second with 10 points, including four goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Laurie Knapp also has four goals on the season.
Making their ninth appearance in the SUNYAC Tournament Semifinals in the last 12 seasons, the Knights are in the hunt for their third championship match appearance in four years. Geneseo earned this year's second seed after compiling a 6-1-2 record with its only loss coming to visiting Buffalo State, 1-0 (Sept. 23), which went on to earn the top seed for the tournament with a 9-0 league ledger.
Oneonta enters the SUNYAC Tournament Semifinals having won seven of its last nine games, including five matches without allowing a goal.
The Red Dragons defeated visiting Brockport, 4-0, in last Saturday's tournament quarterfinal. Junior defender Keley Abbriano put Oneonta on the board in the 24th minute but it wasn't until the 79th minute of play that the Red Dragons were able to pull away. First-year midfielder Christina Kornfield scored off an assist by senior forward Taylor Messina before sophomore midfielder Jess Downin converted a penalty kick 35 seconds later to break the match open. Messina tacked on the final goal in the 85th minute as Oneonta moved on to its 13th SUNYAC Tournament semifinal in the last 15 years.
Junior midfielder Kayla Belush and junior forward Amanda Roney are tied for ninth in the SUNYAC with five goals apiece and are two of 13 players that have scored at least one goal for the Red Dragons this season.