New Paltz blanks Laker women’s soccer team

OSWEGO, N.Y. – For the second straight day, the Oswego State women’s soccer team (3-4-0, 0-2-0 SUNYAC) lost a tight 1-0 game.

This time, it was New Paltz (7-2-0, 1-1-0 SUNYAC) doing the damage when Samantha Abravanel scored in the 79th minute.

Saturday, at the beginning of the first half, both teams kept pace with each other without any scoring. The Hawks’ best chance came in the 24th minute with a corner kick by Rebecca Rothman.

Samantha Abravanel took a shot as Oswego State goalie Emily Varonier (Sr., Miller Place, N.Y.) came forward as the ball passed her.

However, Allegra Uva (Jr., Denver, C.O.) was in position to make the save and kicked the ball away before New Paltz could take advantage.

As the half went on, the Hawks controlled possession and tried to put one on the board. Varonier made sure that did not happen.

She made an impressive dive to right, hitting the ball with her right hand, to preserve the scoreless tie.

For much of the second half, the game remained scoreless, with New Paltz taking several shots and coming up empty. That changed in the 79th minute when the Hawks scored on standing bicycle kick by Abravanel on an assist by Bryce Kristall that was set up by one of New Paltz’s seven corner kicks. The Lakers played hard until the end, but were unable to tie the score.

Varonier turned away 11 shots in the losing effort, while Krysten Kane made three saves for the visitors.

Oswego State will travel to Potsdam for its next game on September 28 at 4 p.m.