The Genesee Community College men's and women's soccer teams are preparing for their first round regional play-off games on Saturday, October 22nd. Both teams enter their Region III, Division III tournaments as the #10 seed. The men will travel to #7 Alfred State College to face the Pioneers at 1:00 pm. The Lady Cougars are heading to Finger Lakes Community College to play against the Lady Lakers at 2:00 pm.
The men's squad is going into the tournament with an overall record of 11-6. The finished with a 10-5 record against regional opponents, but due to the ratings system only managed the tenth seed. The Cougars faced Alfred State once this year, losing a tough contest, 2-0. Genesee has four sophomores currently ranked in the top 50 in the country in scoring. Mike Mertz (Churchville), a 5'6 midfielder, is ranked 33rd with 22 points scored on nine goals and four assists. Mike Brazis (Attica), a 6'0 midfielder, had also connected on nine goals. He is tied for 43rd with Katsuyaki Koyano. Koyano, a 5'11 midfielder, also has 18 points on six goals and six assists. Jeremy Conte, a 5'7 forward, is 46th with 17 points on six goals and five assists. If the Cougars win, they will advance to the quarterfinals to face #2 Cayuga on Tuesday. Cayuga is currently ranked #5 in the NJCAA Division III National Poll.
The Lady Cougars (7-8 overall, 6-6 in Region III) are going to try to continue their winning ways of October. After struggling to a 2-6 opening month in which they faced two Division I schools plus one of the top ranked Division III schools in the country, the Lady Cougars have won five out of their last seven contests to qualify for the post season. One of those two losses came at the hands of Finger Lakes. It was a tough 1-0 loss for GCC. Freshman Stefanie Stedman is a big part of the reason for the late season surge by Genesee. The 5'9 freshman forward from Attica is currently ranked 13th in the nation in scoring. She has connected on 19 goals and three assists so far this year. She has had seven games this season in which she has scored multiple goals. Sophomore Jennifer Cavanaugh (Batavia), a 5'7 forward, has been turning it up a notch lately as she has scored four goals and has four assists in the last three games. She is now ranked 39th in the country with 21 points on six goals and nine assists. She is the new school record holder for assists in a career with 27 and counting. On Saturday, against Erie, she broke the record for points scored in a career. She netted one goals and assisted on four others to give her a career total of 67 points. She broke the old mark of 66 points set by Terri Torcello in 2001-02.