GENESEO, N.Y. - The top-seeded SUNY Geneseo women's soccer team will host second seed Cortland in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) finals on Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 p.m. as the Knights seek their second-consecutive conference championship.
The defending-champion Knights defeated Plattsburgh, 2-0, on Wednesday in the semifinal round. Senior midfielder Jennifer Moran scored both goals as the squad improved to 5-0-0 all-time against the Cardinals in the SUNYAC Tournament. Senior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski posted her 12th shutout of the season, one shy of the Knights' single-season record.
Sophomore forward Miranda Ozimek has given out a team-high five assists, increasing her squad-leading point total to 17. Junior forward Domenica Piccoli leads the way with seven goals followed by Ozimek with six and senior midfielder Caitie Cunningham with four.
Geneseo fell to host Cortland earlier in the season, 2-1, for its only regular season conference loss, the team's first to the Red Dragons since 2011. The last time that Geneseo faced Cortland in the SUNYAC Tournament the Knights clinched the 2014 SUNYAC Championship with a 1-0 victory over the visiting Red Dragons. Geneseo has won seven conference championships in program history: 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2009, 2014 & 2017.
Cortland defeated Potsdam, 2-0, on Wednesday in the SUNYAC Semifinal to earn their first championship berth since 2014. First-year forward Jaden Galluzzo netted a pair of first-half goals to send the Red Dragons into today's conference championship.
Galluzzo and senior forward Vanessa Romero share the team lead with five goals apiece while Romero leads the squad with six assists as well. First-year forward Hillaria Hernandez has scored four times while senior forward Amanda Profera and sophomore forward Casey Schmitt have each netted three.
Sophomore goalkeeper Danika Svendsen has allowed eight goals in 14 games for a 0.57 goals against average and has posted an .882 save percentage with six shutouts.
The Red Dragons defeated Geneseo, 2-1, earlier in the season as sophomore forward Erin Valente and Galluzzo each scored to sink the Knights. Cortland is 7-4-2 against Geneseo in the SUNYAC Tournament, but has not defeated the Knights in the postseason since 2011. The Red Dragons rank second in SUNYAC history with eight conference championships, but have not lifted the trophy since 2012.