Laker men’s soccer team tops Buffalo

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Michael Fuss (So., Webster, N.Y.) netted his first goal of the season to put the Oswego State men’s soccer team (3-8-1, 2-3-1 SUNYAC) ahead for good, as the Lakers defeated Buffalo State (1-10-1, 0-4-1 SUNYAC), 1-0, during Senior Day on Saturday.

It was the first time Oswego State has posted back-to-back shutouts in State University of New York Athletic Conference games since 2008, when the Lakers once again blanked Fredonia and Buffalo State during a four-game conference win streak. The conference win was the second in as many days for the Lakers, which vaults them into playoff contention.

Due to poor field conditions, Saturday’s game was played on the Oswego State practice field.

Just over 15 minutes into the game, Bengal Wilfred Valerio established himself as the primary attacker for Buffalo State as he struck the crossbar on a shot from just outside the box. He led his team with four shots in the contest.

With roughly 10 minutes left in the first stanza, Buffalo State’s C.J. Scirto hit a nice shot toward the lower left side of the net, but Laker goalie P.J. Goodwin (Sr., Baldwinsville, N.Y.) made a crucial diving save. The game would reach halftime in a scoreless tie.

Approximately 10 minutes into the second period, Mike Naab (Jr., Ontario, N.Y.) used his speed to get by a defender and pushed forward to about 12 yards from the goal before ripping a shot toward the left side of the net that just slid wide.

Fuss scored the game’s only goal at 56:38 from 25 yards out on a shot that went through the goalie’s hands and crept past the goal line. A few minutes later, Fuss stepped up again, stopping a shot near the goal line for a defensive save to maintain the 1-0 advantage.

Each team took three more shots in the game, but the best chance came with under a minute left for the Bengals. Valerio settled a ball at the top of the box with his back to the goal and laid it off to Brett Lanham who wound up and blistered a shot that sailed just over the crossbar.

Goodwin registered two saves in the shutout, and has not allowed a goal in his last 220 minutes between the posts. Bengal Ben Spillman recorded five stops in the game.

Oswego State will lose two players to graduation at season’s end. Both Goodwin and Pat Breen (Sr., Palmyra, N.Y.) made their final home regular season appearances on Saturday.

The Lakers look to carry their momentum when they travel to Geneseo on Friday to play the Blue Knights at 4 p.m.