Geneseo Spoils Men’s Soccer Rally In 2-1 Loss

OSWEGO – The Oswego State men’s soccer team answered one second-half goal, but Geneseo scored the game-winner with six and half minutes left for a 2-1 victory at Laker Field in Oswego Friday.

The win keeps the Knights (7-5-1, SUNYAC 4-2) in good position to earn a post-season spot, while Oswego State (5-8-1, 0-6-1) will be left out of the playoffs.

Geneseo kept Laker keeper P.J. Goodwin (Jr., Baldwinsville, N.Y.) busy in the first half, but Goodwin was up to the task for the first 70 minutes of the game, posting five of his seven saves. Oswego State, meanwhile, was held without a shot for the first 75 minutes of the game.

The Knights broke a scoreless tie on a very muddy field when Neil Allen used a long pass down the left side and worked up the endline before ripping a shot off the hands of Goodwin and into the net with 19 minutes left in the game.

Three minutes later though, Jake Honan (Sr., Rochester, N.Y.) found himself in the right place when the ball was deflected to him right in front the goal. Honan just beat Geneseo’s keeper Sam Murphy to the ball to tie the game at one.

With eight minutes left, Goodwin had to make two more diving saves, setting up a counter attack for the Lakers, but Murphy made a save of his own to keep the game tied.

The tie ended minutes later when a foul just outside the box allowed Jop Smit to drill a free kick into the left side of the net for the game-winner.

The Lakers are home again on Saturday when they host Brockport (8-3-1) at 1 p.m. at Laker Field. Brockport topped Cortland 1-0 in overtime on Friday.