Hutton's Hotspot: Eagles destined to dominate SUNYAC in “Brock-tober”
Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 11:10
After an overtime thriller against Daemen Tuesday, Oct. 2, in which Brockport edged out the Wildcats 2-1, followed by a 2-0 victory over Geneseo Saturday, Oct. 6, the Brockport men’s soccer team improved its record to 4-1 in SUNYAC and 6-6 overall.
The Eagles seem to be firing on all cylinders again, and I must admit I’m hardly surprised. For as long as I have been a student here at Brockport, the men’s soccer team has dominated in October.
Unlike the autumn weather in Rochester, which is nearly impossible to predict, the Brockport men’s soccer team stays true to winning games in October.
Dating back to 2008, the Eagles have compiled an overall record of 24-6 in the month of October. If you factor in the two wins from the 2012 season the record stands at 26-6.
Twenty-four wins and six losses is equivalent to an .800 percent winning record. That is more than impressive. And it’s not like the Eagles had a few outstanding seasons in October that trumped a few bad years to accumulate this record.
From 2008 to 2010, Brockport went 6-2 in October in each season. In 2011, the Eagles were a perfect 6-0. So why should this season be any different?
No doubt about it, Brockport has been tough to beat since 2008.
With winning records in each of those four seasons, Brockport was always a contender to take the SUNYACs. But much of its success came in October. Outside of “Brock-tober,” the Eagles hold a record of 23-13-11 since 2008. Successful? Yes. Dominant? No.
So how have the Eagles managed to win so many games in October? Well it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out they score more goals than they allow in, but the ratio is phenomenal.
Between 2008 and 2011, Brockport has outscored its opponents 55-26 in goals in October. Within those four seasons, the Eagles have shut out their opponents 11 times in October.
Another point worth mentioning is among its six losses in October, only one defeat came by more than one goal.
The 2012 Eagles have started off October 2-0 and if history repeats itself, they will be sure to run the tables in the month of October once again. Teams never want to get off to a slow start like Brockport did this season, but the Eagles will be fine.
You want to be playing your best ball in the later half of the season anyway — Brockport always has and will continue to do just that this season. With four regular season games left in October, Brockport should make a push up the SUNYAC standings.