OSWEGO, N.Y. – Oswego State forward Nikki Liadka (So., Liverpool, N.Y.) netted both goals for the Lakers in the second half, as the Oswego State women’s soccer team rallied past visiting Utica College, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Laker Field.
Liadka tallied the game-winning goal with just over three minutes remaining in regulation to cap off her third multi-goal game this season. Her second goal against Utica was her team-leading eighth goal of the season and her team-leading third game-winning goal.
With the win, the Lakers improve to 4-1-0 and are off to their best start since 1997, when the team started the season 4-0-0. The win also moved the Lakers to 9-1-2 against Utica in the team’s history. It was the first matchup between the two teams since Sept. 14, 1996, when the Lakers defeated the Pioneers 5-2.
After a scoreless first half that saw five shots on goal, and seven corner kicks, Utica broke through with the game’s first goal just 31 seconds into the second half. Samantha Spohler capitalized on her opportunity from inside the box after teammate Chelsea Way had her shot blocked in front by a Laker defender. Spohler corraled the loose ball and shot it past Oswego State goalie Emily Varonier (Jr., Miller Place, N.Y.) toward the far side post.
Liadka’s first goal of the game evened the contest at one at 60:54 after taking possession of the ball near midfield and beating Utica goalkeeper Samantha Glockling for her seventh goal of the season. Glockling attempted to challenge Liadka by coming out of her net, but Liadka chipped around Glockling and buried a shot into the empty net.
Liadka would score in similar fashion with 3:03 remaining in regulation. After taking possession of the ball near midfield, Liadka had a free run down the right side of the field. Liadka was able to outrun a Utica defender and beat Glockling on the far side for the game-winning goal.
The Lakers had plenty of breakaway opportunities, but most were nullified by offside calls. Oswego State was whistled offside seven times during the game, including five in the second half. Utica’s backline held firm for the majority of the game, not allowing the Lakers to get in behind them for open looks at the net.
The Lakers recorded seven shots on goal for the game, three of which came from the foot of forward Shelly Bateman (Jr., Fulton, N.Y.) Oswego State also had nine corner kick opportunities, but were unable to take advantage of any of them. Utica had just two corner kicks, both in the first half.
Varonier earned the win in net for the Lakers, recording two saves on three shots faced. Glockling took the loss for the Pioneers, recording five saves on seven shots faced.
Oswego State returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 15, when it hosts SUNYIT at 4 p.m. at Laker Field.