GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo men's soccer team kicks off its season on Friday, August 30 when they host St. John Fisher at College Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Here are six things you need to know about the Knights entering the 2019 campaign.
HOWLETT THE MOON
The Knights begin 2019 with hopes of returning to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament after narrowly missing the playoffs a season ago with a 7-7-4 record and a 2-5-2 mark in conference play. Led by second-year head coach Mark Howlett, the Knights bring back a strong nucleus of returners to guide a large recruiting class this season.
BET ON IT
An All-SUNYAC pick a season ago, senior forward Bryan Wager returns as the Knights leading scorer from 2018. Wager scored three goals, including the overtime game-winner in the Knights' 2-1 victory over New Paltz, and dished off an assist. Sophomore forward Ariel Samoohy scored three times last season while senior back Caleb Murthy and junior midfielder Marco LaRocca each netted a goal as well.
BUILDING FROM THE BACK
Senior backs Caleb Murthy and Matt Pike will provide leadership and stability throughout the Knights' defensive front, each with 17 starts on the Geneseo back line last season. Senior goalkeeper Liam Dole returns after posting eight starts last season while recording a 5-2-0 mark in goal.
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
Over the past two seasons, the Knights are 9-2-2 against non-conference opponents within New York, including wins over Houghton, Hobart, St. John Fisher, Morrisville and Nazareth.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Geneseo welcomed 15 student-athletes to the men's soccer team for the 2019 season. Senior back Ben Licht joins the Knights after three seasons with conference rival Cortland where he made 30 appearances, including 17 starts. Junior back Sebastian Diaz comes to the Knights from NCAA Division I Niagara where he featured in 2018.
A MIXTURE OF FIXTURES
Geneseo opens the season on Friday, August 30 hosting St. John Fisher at 7:00 p.m., kicking off a challenging non-conference schedule that includes regional opponents Houghton (Sept. 10), Hobart (Sept. 14)and 2018 NCAA Tournament Semifinalist Rochester (Sept. 17). The Knights return home to host RPI on Saturday, Sept. 21 before kicking off SUNYAC play with games at Oswego (Sept. 27) and Cortland (Sept. 28). The Knights play six out of their final nine games at home, including five home conference games in October, before the SUNYAC Tournament begins in November with the quarterfinals on Nov. 2, the semifinals on Nov. 6 and the SUNYAC Championship on Nov. 9.