OSWEGO – Scoreless for most of the game, midfielder Kassie Kleine (Jr., Cazenovia, N.Y.) provided the Oswego State women’s soccer team with the game-winning goal with 10:09 remaining in the second half, as the Lakers defeated Buffalo State, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Laker Field.
On a day where the Lakers honored their eight seniors, it was Kleine, a junior, who scored the game’s only goal in their home finale in conference play. With time winding down in the second half, Kleine had a pass bounce off her chest in the box that made its way to forward Nikki Liadka (So., Liverpool, N.Y.). Liakda passed the ball back to Kleine, who took a second to settle it down before firing a shot past Buffalo State goalie Virginia Porten.
The first half featured four shots for each team and two shots on goal for each team. Both Porten and Oswego State goalie Steph Hotaling (Fr., Fulton, N.Y.) registered two saves in the first half. The Bengals had four corner kick opportunities in the first half, but were unable to capitalize on their chances.
Offensively, the second half was mostly controlled by the Bengals, outshooting the Lakers 8-2 and earning five corner kicks, but only held a slight 3-2 advantage in shots on goal for the second half. While Oswego State was able to connect on one of its shots on goal, the Bengals were unable to get the ball past Hotaling.
Hotaling finished the game with five saves on five shots faced to earn her first collegiate victory in net. Hotaling fought off seven corner kicks as well to also earn her first collegiate shutout. Porten finished the game with three saves on four shots faced in a losing effort for the Bengals.
Saturday’s game served as the final home conference game for the eight seniors on the team. Midfielders Laura Ambron (Sr., Fishkill, N.Y.), Alexa Krebs (Sr., Massapequa, N.Y.), Lindsey Forte (Sr., Marietta, N.Y.), Kelly Adams (Sr., Rome, N.Y.) and Britt Williams (Sr., Massapequa, N.Y.) and defenders Stephanie San Antonio (Sr., Bethpage, N.Y.), Liz Conrad (Sr., Jackson, N.J.) and Alexa Bieber (Sr., Guilderland, N.Y.) all started the game for the Lakers.
The victory moved the Lakers to 8-5-0 overall and 2-4-0 in conference, while the loss dropped the Bengals to 5-7-1 overall and 0-4-1 in conference.
The Lakers head on the road next weekend to play Geneseo on Friday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.