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.
Geneseo (7-8-5) avoided the shutout when Erin O’Connor scored unassisted from 6 yards in the 72nd minute.
“We just played a team that was better than us,” said Geneseo coach Nate Wiley, whose team played O-State to a 1-1 tie in double-overtime during the regular season. “They played like they wanted to win, and they deserved the victory.”
DeSimone earned the MVP honor with the help of two goals in Oneonta’s 2-1 semifinal defeat of fourth-seeded Brockport on Wednesday. Junior Erica Berry and sophomores Krystal Scott and Lasota also made the all-tournament team for the Red Dragons, who received three saves from goalie Kelley Murphy.
Oneonta 4, Geneseo 1
Championship at Red Dragon Field
Geneseo 0 1 - 1
Oneonta 2 2 - 2
6-Geneseo (7-8-5): Erin O’Connor 1-0.
1-Oneonta (12-4-3): Karly DeSimone 1-0, Elise Moinzadeh 1-0, Liz Lasota 1-0, Jessica Lyden 1-0, Melissa Guglielmo 0-2.
Shots-corner kicks: G 7-2; O 12-4.
Goalies: Julia Sanger (G) 2; Kelley Murphy (O) 3.