Underclassmen lead Golden Eagles

By on October 7, 2019
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Freshman Camryn Pettit scored twice and classmate Kayla Usborne made seven saves for her second collegiate shutout as Brockport defeated Oswego 2-0 to open conference play during Homecoming weekend.

Usborne came way out of her net to break up a two-on-one break for Oswego just ten minutes into the contest before Brockport was able to generate some offense.

Sophomore Sydnee Smith raced down the right wing and had her cross hit a defender and deflect to Pettit, who put the rebound in the back of the net at 33:15 and stake Brockport to a 1-0 lead.

 Churchville-Chili grad Mara Zimmerman. Provided photos

Churchville-Chili grad Mara Zimmerman. Provided photos

The Golden Eagles threatened to pad their lead early in the second half, but were thwarted on three golden chances six minutes apart.

Smith fed freshman Franchesca Polarco in the slot, but her point-blank attempt was stopped in the 54th minute. Pettit sent a feed from midfield to freshman Kiley Longin four minutes later, but her shot was knocked aside and junior Marissa Greiner’s bid two minutes later needed a diving save to keep out of the net.

At 79:52, Oswego was called for hand-ball inside the box resulting in a penalty kick which Pettit converted inside the left post to boost Brockport’s lead to 2-0.

“We played well together and communicated well,” Churchville-Chili grad and senior defender Mara Zimmerman said about the back line. “We have a few new faces, but we’re coming together and playing well as a unit,” she commented about the three freshmen among the four defense and goalkeeper. Brockport started six freshmen in the contest.

Brockport, who got off to an 0-2 start to the season but are 5-2-1 since, outshot the Lakers 19-12. 

“The freshmen are fitting in and adjusting to college soccer,” head coach Mike Idland said. “They are talented and capable; we just needed them to adapt to the speed of the college game and our system.”