By Monica D’Ippolito
NEW PALTZ – The State University of New York at New Paltz hosted SUNY Brockport Saturday on South Turf Field and came away with a 2-2 tie.
The Hawks dominated in the opening half and quickly took a 2-0 lead. Rachel Eisert in the third minute beat her defender and created space just inside the box before putting in her 10th of the year far left corner for the 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later, Gaby Treble also captured her 10th goal of the season. Ally Donovan slid a nice ball through opposite side to Treble running on who took a touch to create a 1-v-1 with the Golden Eagles keeper putting her shot low corner for the score.
Brockport answered just before the half ended, as a reach by the Hawks in the box led to the Golden Eagles earning a foul resulting in a penalty kick. Maddie Franklin nearly got the save on the ensuing shot, guessing right on the placement but Brockport’s Kiley Longin put enough pace on the attempt and was able to place her shot past Franklin’s outstretched hand.
The Hawks couldn’t replicate their dominant first half, allowing the Golden Eagles to stick around and eventually Brockport tied the match in the 68th minute. The Golden Eagles got a header toward goal on a cross played in which hit the cross bar, but the deflection came back strong and hit the back of SUNY New Paltz defender Katie Buquicchio and went into the goal to tie the game at twos.
The game remained tied until the 90th, resulting in a point apiece for the two teams. SUNY New Paltz out-shot Brockport, 11-5 and had four shots on target versus three for the Golden Eagles, while garnering six corners to Brockport’s two.
Eisert led the Hawks with five shots, two on target with a goal in 80 minutes. Treble and Alexis DeLeo followed with two shots apiece.
The tie pushes SUNY New Paltz’s record to 3-0-2 in the SUNYAC and 7-3-3 overall. The 11 points is tied for first with Cortland whom it’ll see Oct. 18. The Hawks’ next matchup is Wednesday at home against Oneonta at 4 p.m.