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(Buffalo, N.Y.) – On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Buffalo State women’s soccer team went up against the Fredonia Blue Devils in a SUNYAC rival matchup and ended up shutting out Fredonia 3-0.
The Bengals were coming off a big conference win against SUNY Brockport and head coach Nicholas DeMarsh said how important it is to be successful in conference play.
“SUNYAC is one of the best conferences in the country,” DeMarsh said. “All the teams in SUNYAC are really difficult to play and every game seems to be a contest.”
In the first half, ball possession was key for Buffalo State as they were given many opportunities to score, but weren’t able to capitalize.
The second half proved to be a different story as the Bengals scored three goals to help secure their seventh win of the season.
Senior forward and captain Melissa Smith scored the first goal in the first five minutes of the second half as it came off a header-pass from freshman midfielder Jada Sargeant.
Four minutes later, Smith scored again off a beautiful pass from senior forward Catherine Mammoser and later in the half, junior forward Lindsay Mahony scored the final goal off a cross from junior midfielder Breanna Knight.
Shots and corner kicks were key for the Bengals as they piled up 22 shots on goal to Fredonia’s three and the Benagls had nine corner kicks whereas Fredonia had none.
Freshman goalkeeper Taylor Carillo also picked up her fourth consecutive shutout of the season.
DeMarsh was impressed to see the women go out there and dominate against a tough opponent.
“Can never be unhappy with three zero, particularly when it’s against one of your rivals,” he said. “It’s been a tough game for us many years and we have been on the winning end recently. A lot of the stuff we implanted in practice this week came out on the field. We dominated statistically and had some good moments so overall, it’s a good day to be a Bengal.”
Smith had a huge two goal performance in this game and she describes how important her role is to the team.
“It’s my senior year, so I want to go far, but for me I just have to keep scoring,” she said. “If I keep scoring, my teammates will get more pumped up and want to play more.”
So far this season, the Benagls are the team to beat in SUNYAC conference play as their record in conference is 9-0 and 15-1-2 overall.
This Wednesday, Nov. 2, Coyer Field will be the home of the SUNYAC semifinal for women’s soccer as Buffalo State will host the Plattsburgh Cardinals.