CANANDAIGUA -- The Finger Lakes Women's Soccer team fell on Wednesday to the Cougars of Genesee Community College by the score of 3-2. Both teams entered the matchup with an undefeated 8-0 record in region. The Lakers are now 8-1 in region which puts them as the second seed in the upcoming Region III Tournament.
The match got off to a fast start with the Cougars opening the scoring. Deep in the left corner, they sent a ball over Danielle Ogrodowski and ricocheted off another cougar and into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead. The Lakers would answer two minutes later. Jessa Blondell would beat the Cougars goalie on the short side to tie it at 1-1, just 6 minutes into the match. The score would remain level until the 31st minute when Genesee got back on the board. They sent a low driving corner kick in that found its way around the Laker defenders and goalie for the unassisted goal. The Lakers would surrender an own goal as the half drew to conclusion as Genesee held a 3-1 lead at the break.
Finger Lakes would increase the offensive pressure in the second half. In the 71st minute, there would be a foul on Genesee just outside of their box. Brittani Bove would take the kick quickly, before the wall had a chance to set up and beat the goalie high to draw the margin to one, 3-2. The Lakers would continue the pressure. Leading scorer Brittany Maggio get loose for a breakaway in the 77th minute, but the Cougars goalie would reach her left arm out and get just enough of it to deflect it wide. The Lakers would get a few more opportunities but Genesee's defense would hold as they would go on to defeat Finger Lakes, 3-2.
As the second seed in the Region III Tournament, the Lakers get nearly a week off before competing in the semi-finals. They will host Broome Community College on Tuesday, October 22nd at 4pm. The Hornets defeated the Lakers in the opening match of the season 1-0. The winner of this match will advance to the Region III Finals on Saturday, October 26th. The finals will be hosted by Tompkins Cortland Community College.