Women's Soccer Travels to Williams for NCAA Third Round Matchup with Johns Hopkins

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GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's soccer team takes on Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Division III Tournament Third Round, hosted by Williams College on Saturday. The Knights enter the weekend with an 18-1-2 record after earning a pair of extra time wins over visiting Penn State Berks (2-1, OT) on Saturday in the first round and Misericordia (1-0, 2OT) in the second round on Sunday. Hopkins hosted the first and second rounds as well, earning a first round win over College of Staten Island, 4-0, and downing Wilkes, 2-0, in the second round to advance to the third round. 

LAST TIME OUT
Geneseo junior forward Ashley Byrne scored in the 106th minute to send the Knights to a double-overtime victory over Misericordia, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Sunday at College Stadium. With just over five minutes remaining in the second overtime period, senior forward Audrey Reid sent in a corner kick that Byrne headed into the side netting of the far post, giving Geneseo the victory.
 
KNIGHTS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Geneseo holds a 3-4-4 record in six NCAA appearances, while advancing on penalty kicks in three out of four draws. The Knights tied Frostburg State, 3-3, in the 2014 NCAA Tournament first round before defeating the Bobcats, 2-1, in penalties. The team advanced to face host Johns Hopkins, falling, 3-1, in the second round. In 1994, Geneseo advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, defeating Skidmore in penalties (1-1, 4-3) in the first round, advancing past Ithaca, 1-0 (OT), in the second round and taking out William Smith in the national quarterfinals (1-1, 9-8) in penalties. The team fell, 6-0, to Trenton State in the national semifinals. 
 
SUPER-SUB
Junoir forward Ashley Byrne saved the Knights' season over the weekend on two occasions. Byrne came off the bench against Penn State Berks with the team trailing, 1-0, and netted the game-tying goal in the 89th minute to send the contest into overtime. Against Misericordia, Byrne came off the bench again to bury the game-winning goal in the second overtime period, propelling the Knights to the NCAA Tournament third round. 
 
IT AIN'T EASY BEING GREENE
Named the 2017 SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year, senior midfielder Leah Greene has scored four goals in four career NCAA Tournament games. In 2014, with the Knights trailing, 3-0, Greene netted three goals against Frostburg State to tie the first round game. On Saturday, Greene scored the game-winner against Penn State Berks to propel the Knights through to the second round. She has scored 27 goals in 77 career appearances, ranking ninth in scoring in Geneseo history.
 
REID IT AND WEEP
Senior forward Audrey Reid has set single-season program records with 19 goals and 46 points. She has scored multiple goals in six games this season, and netted a team-high five game-winners. 
 
KEEPING GOOD COMPANY
Junior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski ranks among the nation's best this season. Janiszewski ranks 16th in the nation among NCAA Division III goalkeepers in goals against average (0.47) and 15th in the nation in save percentage (.885). 
 
KEEP IT COMING
Geneseo has tallied 18 wins this season, tying the mark for most wins in a single season in program history. The 1993 team posted an 18-2-0 mark on its way to the NCAA National Semifinals. 
 
CREAM OF THE CROP
Eight Knights were voted State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) All-Stars this fall. Senior midfielder Leah Greene was joined on first team by senior forward Audrey Reid, junior back Rachel Walsh, junior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski and sophomore back Taylor Clar. First-year forward Ellie Gregory received Rookie of the Year honors and was joined by sophomore forward Domenica Piccoli on the second team while junior midfielder Jennifer Moran earned third-team honors. 
 
FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC
In 11 NCAA Tournament games across six appearances, Geneseo has gone into extra time on eight occasions. The Knights own a 3-1-4 mark in those contests, and have advanced on penalties in three out of four draws. Geneseo earned overtime wins in both NCAA Tournament games this season, a 2-1 win over Penn State Berks in overtime and a 1-0 victory over Misericordia in double-overtime. 
 
FOREVER YOUNG 
The Geneseo roster boasts only two seniors, the fewest seniors on any of the remaining 16 teams. Reid and Greene are the only two members of senior class. With 27 career goals, Greene ranks tied for ninth in program history while she is tied for 11th in career points (66). Reid ranks tied for 13th in program history with 61 career points. 
 
FACING THE BLUE JAYS
Saturday will mark the second time that Geneseo has faced Johns Hopkins and the first meeting since the Knights fell to the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Seniors Leah Greene and Audrey Reid are the only active members of the Knights remaining from that squad, while assistant coach Meaghan Johnston was also a member of the team.
 
WHO IS THIS HOPKINS CHARACTER?
Johns Hopkins enters the NCAA Third Round with wins over Staten Island, 4-1, and Wilkes, 2-0, in the first two rounds. The Blue Jays (17-2-3) carry a 12-game unbeaten streak, posting a 10-0-2 record during that time, though the team fell to Swarthmore in the Centennial Conference finals, 3-1 in penalties, after a 2-2 draw. Senior forward Michelle Santangelo leads the team with 18 goals and 40 points on the season while first-year forward Riley O'Toole has scored 13 goals. Senior goalkeeper Bess Kitzmiller has allowed 11 goals in 16 appearances, and a .784 save percentage. The Blue Jays have shutout opponents 13 times in 22 games this season.
 
A WIN FOR THE KNIGHTS WOULD...
  • Advance the team to its second regional final and first since 1993
  • Extend the program record for single-season wins to 19
  • Improve the team's record to 4-4-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament