Women's Soccer Hosts NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds

SATURDAY, NOV. 11
11AM - Geneseo 2, Penn State-Berks 1 (OT) - BOX SCORE
1:30PM - Misericordia 1, Hamilton 0 - BOX STATS

SUNDAY, NOV. 12
1PM - Second Round - LIVE STATS - VIDEO

GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's soccer team will host Penn State-Berks in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament this Saturday (Nov. 11) at College Stadium as the 64-team field was announced Monday. Game time has been set for 11:00 a.m.

The Knights (16-1-2), ranked No. 12 in the most recent United Soccer Coaches National poll, defeated Plattsburgh, 4-0, last Saturday to clinch their seventh State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship and earn an automatic bid to the sixth NCAA Tournament in program history. 

Selected to host first and second round matches for the the first time, Misericordia (Pa.) will also take on Hamilton at 1:30 p.m. in other first-round action with the winners advancing to Sunday's second round game slated for 1:00 p.m. at College Stadium.

GENESEO IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Geneseo is making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and its first since 2014, which saw the team play Frostburg State to a 3-3 draw before advancing on penalty kicks, 2-1. The Knights fell to host Johns Hopkins in the second round, 3-1. With an overall record of 1-4-4 in tournament play, Geneseo advanced to the 1994 National Semifinals with a pair of penalty shootout victories over Skidmore (T, 2-2, 4-3 PK) and William Smith (T, 1-1, 9-8 PK) and an overtime victory against Ithaca, 1-0. 
 
QUEENS OF THE SUNYAC 
The Knights earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning their seventh SUNYAC Championship and first since 2014. Geneseo finished the regular season with a 8-1-0 conference mark to earn the top seed in the tournament. Following a first-round bye, the Knights defeated fifth-seeded Oneonta, 2-1, in the semifinals to make their fourth SUNYAC Finals appearance in the past five years. In the championship, the Knights defeated second seed Plattsburgh, 4-0, to earn the crown.
 
WINNING WAYS
Geneseo has compiled a 16-1-2 record this season, its best mark since the 1993 squad went 18-2 en route to the NCAA Tournament and a No. 7 final national ranking. The Knights enter the postseason riding a five-match unbeaten streak (4-0-1) including three shutouts. The team's only loss of the season came on Oct. 14, a 1-0 defeat against Oswego.  
 
EVER-GREENE
After starting all 19 games this season, senior midfielder Leah Greene was named SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year. She was an integral part of a Knights defense that ranked top in the SUNYAC and 15th in the nation with 11 shutouts on the season. Geneseo will continue to count on her as a strong member of the defensive unit, a farcry from her role in the Knights' last NCAA Tournament appearance. As a first-year, Greene was Geneseo's top scoring threat, netting 15 goals, including a hat trick in the Knights' NCAA Tournament first round game against Frostburg State. 
 
TOP FLIGHT ROOKIE
First-year forward Ellie Gregory was named SUNYAC Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Knight to win the award since Greene did in 2014. In her first season, Gregory netted four goals and dished off four assists to earn 12 points. She was one of two first-years to earn Second Team All-SUNYAC honors.  
 
EIGHT KNIGHTS GARNER ALL-SUNYAC HONORS
Eight members of the Geneseo women's soccer team were named to the SUNYAC All-Conference Team. Senior midfielder Leah Greene, the SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year joined senior forward Audrey Reid, junior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski, junior back Rachel Walsh and sophomore back Taylor Clar on the first team, while sophomore forward Domenica Piccoli joined first-year forward Ellie Gregory on the second team and junior midfielder Jennifer Moran earned third team honors.
 
REID IT AND WEEP
Senior forward Audrey Reid has tallied the most prolific scoring season in program history. She broke the Geneseo single-season record with 19 goals, surpassing the 17 scored by Anne Beinetti in 2011. Reid also set a program record with 44 points, eclipsing the 38 points compiled by three players (Anne Beinetti, 2011; Betsy Balling, 1993; Julie Rivers, 1987). Reid has six multi-goal games on the season, including a hat trick in a 3-2 overtime victory again Oneonta (Sept. 29) and two goals in the 4-0 victory over Plattsburgh in the SUNYAC Championship on her way to Tournament MVP honors.
 
THE HOT HAND
Junior midfielder Jennifer Moran has scored in each of the last two games for the Knights, netting a goal in the team's 2-1 victory over Oneonta in the SUNYAC semifinals and scoring the game-winner in the SUNYAC Championship, a 4-0 victory over Plattsburgh. 
 
GIVE THEM NO QUARTER
Sophomores Sarah LeFrois, Sarah Loprieno, and Taylor Clar, along with junior Rachel Walsh have helped junior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski keep 11 shutouts this season. Janiszewski ranks first in SUNYAC in save percentage (.883) and goals against average (0.47) while the Knights rank 31st in the nation in shutout percentage, racking up 11 shutouts in 19 contests (0.579).
 
12 YARDS OUT
The Knights have decided their NCAA Tournament fate with penalty kicks on four occasions, going 3-1 in those situations. Most recently, the Knights advanced past Frostburg State, 2-1, on penalties in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Geneseo has converted four of eight attempts from the penalty mark this season, including three goals from senior forward Audrey Reid on five attempts.