GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore midfielder Meaghan Johnston, sophomore back Alexa Wandy and first-year forward Leah Greene were named to the 2014 National Soccer Coach's Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women's All-East Region First-Team, Thursday. Three players on the first-team is the most of any school in the East region.
The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Player of the Year, Johnston started all 22 matches this season after also being listed in the starting lineup for all 20 games as a first-year. The team's top defensive midfielder and a key component in the Knights' set pieces, she registered her first collegiate goal in a 2-0 victory over visiting Brockport (Oct. 11) after out-jumping the Golden Eagle defense on a corner kick and heading home the game-winning tally. Johnston also scored the deciding goal in the Knights' 1-0 victory over Plattsburgh (Oct. 24) during the regular season.
Wandy, a two-time All-SUNYAC selection, was a big piece of a backfield that allowed only nine goals, recorded 12 shutouts and held opponents to two shots or less seven times on the season. Wandy handed out her first collegiate assist in a 2-0 win at Alfred (Sept. 12) and had an assist in the team's 3-0 semifinal win against Plattsburgh (Nov. 5).
One of only three first-year players in the entire country to be named a first-team all-region pick, Greene led the Knights with 36 points and 15 goals, scoring at least one goal in 12 of the last 14 matches. The SUNYAC Rookie of the Year, Greene was also named the SUNYAC Tournament's Most Valuable Player after heading home the game-winning goal with 59 seconds left in regulation to lead Geneseo over Cortland, 1-0, in the SUNYAC Championship match. Greene was also credited with a natural hat trick in the team's 5-0 victory at New Paltz (Oct. 3rd). She is currently tied for third in single-season goals and stands sixth in single-season points for the Knights.
Geneseo finished the season with a 16-3-3 record, including a 7-1-1 SUNYAC mark to clinch to top seed for the conference tournament. The Knights went on to defeat fifth-seeded Plattsburgh in the semifinals, 3-0, and second-seeded Cortland to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division-III Women's Soccer Tournament. After playing to a 3-3 draw against Frostburg State and advancing on penalty kicks in the first round, Geneseo fell to eventual national semifinalist Johns Hopkins in the second round, 3-1.