Women's Soccer Hosts Plattsburgh in SUNYAC Championship Saturday

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GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's soccer team will host Plattsburgh in the State University of New York Athletic Conference finals on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at College Stadium.

The top seed Knights (15-1-2) enter the championship game having beaten fifth-seed Oneonta, 2-1, on Wednesday in the semifinal round. Junior midfielder Jennifer Moran put the home team on the board with a goal in the 34th minute, but the Knights conceded just 13 seconds later. In the final five minutes, sophomore forward Domenica Piccoli poked in the game-winner as Geneseo advanced to its fourth SUNYAC final in the past five years. The Knights own a 5-9-2 record in 16 previous trips to the SUNYAC finals, and will be in the hunt for their first championship since 2014 after also winning the crown in 2009, 1994, 1993 and 1987. 

Senior forward Audrey Reid leads the team in scoring with 17 goals and six assists for a program-record 40 points this season. Piccoli has scored eight times while senior midfielder Leah Greene has netted six goals. Junior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski has started all 18 games in net for the Knights, posting a 0.50 goals against average and making 65 saves.

Geneseo has faced Plattsburgh in the SUNYAC Tournament three times, all in the semifinals. The Knights defeated the Cardinals, 3-0, in the 2014, while also earning wins in 2003 (3-2 OT) and 1994 (3-2). 

The second-seeded Cardinals (13-4-2) earned their first trip to the SUNYAC final since 2010 with a semifinal-round victory over third-seeded Cortland, 3-0. Sophomore defender Sarah Bonner scored her first two collegiate goals while senior forward Madeline Saccocio, who leads the Cardinals and ranks second in the SUNYAC with 16 goals, added an insurance tally. Plattsburgh's only SUNYAC Championship came in 1998 when the squad took a 2-0 decision over Brockport. 

Saccocio leads the Cardinals with 37 points, while senior forward Sarah Haight has dished a team-high 10 assists. Senior midfielder Cait Gagen has netted nine goals while Haight has scored seven. Junior goalkeeper Nichole Gibson has started all 19 games for Plattsburgh, making 81 saves and allowing 15 goals for a 0.87 goals against average. 

Geneseo handed Plattsburgh its lone SUNYAC loss of the regular season, picking up a 2-1 win over the host Cardinals (Oct. 21). First-year forward Ernesta McIntosh scored in the 53rd minute to give Plattsburgh a 1-0 lead, but Piccoli and Reid each scored for Geneseo to give the Knights the win.