Brockport soccer losing streak snapped
Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 13:09
The Brockport men’s soccer team ended its five game losing streak last weekend and started a new streak by winning two in a row.
Friday Sept. 21 the Golden Eagles took on Buffalo State in their opening game of SUNYAC play.
Sophomore Kevin Dorn gave the Eagles the early lead with a goal in the fourth minute of play. Assisting Dorn on the play was Senior forward Marc Orlando.
Last season Dorn scored a total of four goals. The goal against Buffalo State was the fifth of his career and the first of his sophomore campaign.
“It’s always nice to get the first one out of the way,” Dorn said.
“We hadn’t scored in three games and we lost five in a row. We worked on it all of practice last week, so it felt good to score a team goal like that and break the streak.”
It was a quiet first half in goal for freshman goalkeeper Casey Sullivan. He only saw five shots, but none were directly on goal.
It was the opposite for Bengals goalie Ian Huntoon. Huntoon saw a total of nine shots and made three saves. He was able to keep the game close, only letting in Dorn’s lone goal for the day.
Things didn’t change much in the second half as Brockport inished the game with a total of 16 shots, compared to Buffalo State’s eight.
The Eagles held the one-goal lead throughout the second half and went on to snap their losing streak with a 1-0 win.
Friday’s game was the first shutout of the season for the Eagles. The team has eight regular season games remaining, so there are still plenty of opportunities for future shutouts.
Saturday, Sept. 22 the Eagles went to Fredonia with their minds set on winning their second game in a row.
In the 31st minute, Dorn broke the null score of the game with a shot from outside the box. He was assisted on the play by junior defender Ryan Phillips.
Both teams came out hard in the game and various penalties were assessed.
Brockport picked up a yellow card in the 34th minute and Fredonia picked one up seven minutes later.
Brockport had two more yellow cards throughout the game, giving them three total.
The Eagles went into the second half with the 1-0 lead, which Dorn extended with his second goal of the game and third in two days.
“I didn’t think they’d come in bunches,” Dorn said. “I’ve been lucky to be in the right spot at the right time and my teammates have done a great job of getting me the ball in good positions to score.”
He’s one goal shy of matching his four-goal season from last year.
The goal came in the 72nd minute, but seven minutes later Fredonia’s Tyler Williams brought Brockport’s lead back to one.
Fredonia was able to get 14 shots in the second half but Sullivan and the Eagles’ defense were able to keep the one-goal lead and hold on for a 2-1 win.
The Eagles have yet to win at home, so they’ll try and bring their road success from the weekend into their next couple of home games.
“The fans will definitely have something to cheer about these next three weeks,” Dorn said. “We’ve only played two home games and didn’t impress in either, but SUNYAC play is a different game and we’ll be prepared for anyone.”
The Eagles will go for their third straight win Sept. 28 at A. Huntley Parker Jr. Field against the Oneonta Red Dragons. Following last week’s games, the Dragons are 4-2-1 overall and 1-0 in the SUNYAC.