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November 11, 2013

MVP DeSimone leads O-State women into NCAAs

ONEONTA — Senior forward Karly DeSimone lifted another women’s soccer trophy Saturday as top-seeded Oneonta State cruised to a 4-1 victory over Geneseo in the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament championship game at Red Dragon Field.

“It’s amazing and well-deserved on every single player’s part,” said tournament MVP DeSimone, the SUNYAC’s 2010 Rookie of the Year who helped Oneonta to its last postseason conference title the same year. “Our season has just started.”

Now the winners of 12 SUNYAC Tournament titles, the Red Dragons (12-4-3) will find out their opponent for the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament today. The NCAA field will be announced this afternoon. First-round games start Friday, with the national title game slated for Dec. 7 in San Antonio, Texas.

“We played with more intensity today,” said O-State coach Liz McGrail, a Stamford graduate whose program followed a 2-1 victory over Plattsburgh in the 2010 SUNYAC Tournament final to an appearance in the NCAA’s round of 16. “Six more wins and we can be national champions.”

DeSimone opened the scoring 19 minutes, 26 seconds into the first half with a 20-yard strike into the right side of sixth-seeded Geneseo’s net. Her shot came off a cross from senior captain Amanda Regensburger on the left side that deflected off a Blue Knights defender.

O-State took a 2-0 lead less than two minutes later. Geneseo goalie Julia Sanger knocked away a shot by Melissa Guglielmo, but Elise Moinzadeh cleaned up the rebound with a header.

The Red Dragons struck again 3:38 into the second half, when Liz Lasota curled in a goal from the left corner for a 3-0 advantage.

“My heart was beating out of my chest,” said Lasota, who scored her second goal of the season.

Three minutes later, Jessica Lyden made it 4-0 by heading in a goal after Guglielmo sent a header off the crossbar. Guglielmo earned her second assist of the game for the Red Dragons, who finished with a 12-7 edge in shots.

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