Geneseo edges Laker women’s soccer team

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s soccer team (5-7-0, 2-5-0 SUNYAC) played a physical game during cold, windy weather, but was shut out by Geneseo (1-9-2, 1-4-1 SUNYAC), 1-0, at Laker Field on Friday.

Fifteen minutes into the game, Emily Varonier (Sr., Miller Place, N.Y.) made an impressive save to keep the Blue Knights from scoring the game’s first goal.

The ball was kicked high and Varonier reached up and blocked it into the crossbar and over the goal.

Three minutes later, Varonier was unable to come up with another stop as Geneseo scored. She dove to save the ball, but it went past her and into the net for a 1-0 Geneseo lead.

The Lakers best chance in the first half was on a shot by Kassie Kleine (Sr., Cazenovia, N.Y.).  The ball got away from the goalie and Kleine collected it and kicked it toward the open net.  Geneseo’s Olivia Panepinto came in and kicked the ball away for the defensive save before the Lakers could do any damage.

During the second half, Oswego State played a more physical game to try and even the score with the Blue Knights. The Lakers were unable to take advantage of the 23 total fouls on Geneseo.Their last chance to tie the game in the second half came on a corner kick by leading scorer Nikki Liadka (Jr., Liverpool, N.Y.) with nine minutes left in the game.

Bailey Waterbury (Fr., Plattsburgh, N.Y.) gathered the ball and took a high shot. Geneseo’s goalie tipped the ball over the crossbar, keeping the clean sheet.

Varonier made five saves in the loss, while Julia Sanger made seven.

The Lakers play again Saturday at 1 p.m. against Brockport at Laker Field, needing a win to stay alive in the playoff race.