GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's soccer team kicks-off the 36th season in program history by traveling to the University of Rochester for the annual Flower City Tournament on Friday, Sept. 2nd. Eleventh-year head coach Nate Wiley and the Knights look to regain their foothold in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) after capturing the program's sixth league title and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014.
"This team has come in with a renewed sense of competitiveness after a disappointing loss in the quarterfinals a year ago," said Wiley. "The players realize that every team will continue to give us their best effort as we look to get back to the top of the conference. This team has a great amount of experience all over the field and we expect that that will help us navigate through our very tough schedule and prepare us for another strong run."
Senior Emily Green returns for her final campaign after being tabbed an All-Region and All-SUNYAC selection a season ago after finishing fourth in the SUNYAC with 18 points (8 goals, 2 assists). Senior Erin O'Connor (4G, 1A) also returns for one final season, while sophomore Elora Becraft and first-year Brittney Starzee will also look to make an impact.
Senior Meaghan Johnston, who was named the 2014 SUNYAC Player of the Year and a third-team All-American, leads a strong midfield unit for Wiley. She will be joined by 2014 SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and two-time all-league pick, Leah Greene (3G, 5A) as well as all-conference senior Laurie Knapp (1G, 2A), senior Olivia Harris, senior Becky Brien, and senior Carolanne Murphy (1G, 1A) in leading a strong and experienced group of midfielders. Junior Audrey Reid (2G, 2A), sophomores Ashley Byrne and Catherine Cunningham (1A), as well as first-years Kylee Babcock, Grace Dunnigan, Sarah Loprieno, and Domenica Piccoli add depth to the center of the field.
Senior Alexa Wandy leads a strong corps of defensive players for Wiley. Wandy garnered her second All-Region honor and third All-SUNYAC nod a season ago as the Knights led the SUNYAC with 10 shutouts and stood second with only 12 goals allowed. Senior Patricia Galan is also back along with sophomores Rachel Walsh and Jennifer Moran to push the Geneseo defense. The addition of junior Jamie Forken, sophomore Leslie Graus, first-year Sarah Lefrois, and Taylor Clar provide great strength in the backfield for the Knights.