Fulton’s Bateman, Liadka Help Oswego State Women’s Soccer Open Season With 3-2 Win Over Juniata

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s soccer team scored twice in the first 25 minutes of the first half en route to a 3-2 victory over Juniata College on Saturday during the first round of the Alfred Tournament at Alfred University.

Forward Nikki Liadka (So., Liverpool, N.Y.) registered two goals in the game, as the Lakers dominated time of possession throughout the match. The Lakers outshot the Eagles 15-3, including 7-0 in the first half.

Liadka tallied her first goal of the season at 13:03 when she beat Juniata goalkeeper Gabriella Ricciardi on just the second shot of the game. Liadka’s goal was scored as unassisted.

The Lakers struck again just over 11 minutes later when Shelly Bateman (Jr., Fulton, N.Y.) capitalized on a penalty shot opportunity at 24:29. Bateman’s first goal of the season came after a six-minute stretch where she fired two shots, one which went wide of the keeper and the other that was saved by Ricciardi.

Bateman’s penalty-kick goal would not be the only one of the game, as Juniata’s Alicia Snyder got the Eagles on the scoreboard with a penalty-kick goal of her own to cut the Lakers lead in half at 58:50. Snyder’s goal came just over a minute after Oswego State’s Kassie Kleine (Jr., Cazenovia, N.Y.) had her shot saved by Ricciardi after a five-minute stretch that was dominated by the Lakers. Neither Bateman’s nor Snyder’s penalty kicks were the result of a foul in the box. The Eagles’ first goal of the game was also the team’s first shot of the game, as they were limited to no shots in the first half of play.

Liadka’s second goal of the game at 81:22 sealed the victory for Oswego State. Bateman recorded a three-point game after assisting on the Lakers’ third goal of the game.

Nikki Hankinson scored the second goal of the game for Juniata with just a second remaining in the game, beating Oswego State goalkeeper Emily Varonier (Jr., Miller Place, N.Y.). Hankinson’s goal was scored unassisted.

Varonier finished the game with one save on three shots, while Ricciardi recorded 11 saves on 14 shots.

The Lakers will play host Alfred University on Sunday at 3 p.m.