No. 20 Field Hockey Moves Past Oneonta, 5-1, in SUNYAC Semifinals

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo junior forward Haley Clark scored two first-half goals to lead the No. 20 Knights to a 5-1 victory over visiting Oneonta in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Field Hockey Tournament Semifinal, Wednesday. 

Top-seeded Geneseo (18-2) advances to host second-seeded Cortland in this Saturday's (Nov. 9) championship game at a time to be announced. Cortland defeated defending champion New Paltz, 2-1, in overtime in the day's other semifinal. 

HOW IT HAPPPENED 

  • Geneseo senior back Julia Kim opened the scoring three minutes into the game on a low 10-yard shot to finish a penalty corner. Senior back Ariana Walczyk and junior midfielder Jordan Penkitis connected with passes to find Kim on the left side for the finish. 
  • Eighteen minutes later, Clark received a short pass at midfield and ran through the Red Dragon defense to score on a shot between the Oneonta goalie's pads. 
  • Geneseo scored twice in a 37-second span to build a 4-0 at the end of the second quarter. Oneonta sophomore goalie Kristy Campana made a diving save on a three-yard shot in front by first-year forward Maggie Phipps, but Clark lifted the rebound over her pads with 1:42 on the clock. 
  • Then, senior forward Elisa Arcara dropped a pass in front of the Oneonta goal where junior midfielder Jordan Penkitis scored on a five-yard blast with 1:05 remaining in the half. 
  • Kim scored in the fourth minute of the second half, carrying a ball from the top of the Oneonta zone through the defense to score on a short backhand outside the left post for a 5-0 lead that proved insurmountable. 

MATCH NOTES 

  • Clark leads the SUNYAC with 40 points and 14 goals and extended her point-scoring streak to 14 games. 
  • Geneseo sophomore goalie Natalie Chojnacki stopped five Oneonta shot to earn the victory. 
  • The Knights advanced to their fourth SUNYAC Championship game appearance in tournament history. Geneseo won the inaugural tournament in 2010 with a 1-0 victory over Cortland and fell to New Paltz, 4-0, in the 2014 finals before defeating Oneonta in overtime, 3-2, to win the 2016 crown.