Fulton’s Bateman Scores Goal And Assist To Keep Oswego State Playoff Hopes Alive

The Oswego State women’s soccer team kept its conference hopes alive in a must-win situation with a 3-1 victory over host New Paltz on Friday afternoon. Three different Lakers tallied goals as they improved to 7-8-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the SUNYAC. The Hawks fell to to 4-8-4 overall and 1-6-1 in the league.

New Paltz took a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game when Maggie Vasconi scored her first goal of the season off a pass from Vanessa Rogers. However, Oswego State would respond with three unanswered goals before the end of the game.

The Lakers tied the game at 1-1 in the 21st minute when a Michelle Bateman (Fr., Fulton, N.Y.) cross set up Tricia Sullivan (Sr., Copenhagen, N.Y.) for the one-timer goal. Julie McCloskey (Sr., Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) gave Oswego State a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute when the Hawks keeper miss played a ball in the air and McCloskey found the back of the net.

Bateman added an insurance goal for the Lakers in the 72nd minute when she raced down a ball cleared from the defensive zone, beating the defender. She came down the right side one-on-one with the keeper and bounced her shot over the diving hands of Danielle Gura.

Holly Lyndaker recorded the win in net for Oswego State, allowing one goal on one shot. Gura finished the contest with two saves and three goals allowed.

The Lakers will face Oneonta at 1 p.m. on the road in another must-win situation, but will need help from several teams to earn the final playoff berth.