Oswego State Men’s Soccer Comes Up Short

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s soccer team (1-1-0) suffered a 2-0 loss to Medaille (2-0-0) in the championship game of the Oswego State Men’s Soccer Kick-Off Tournament on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The Mavericks scored late in the first half and tacked on an insurance goal in the second to pick up the win.

The game opened at a blistering pace with both squads getting shots away, but few landed on target. The first quality scoring chance for either side came for Medaille in the 40th minute when a Maverick player was fouled in the box. Kevin Dhillon was selected to take the penalty kick, but P.J. Goodwin (Sr., Baldwinsville, N.Y.) stopped the shot as he dove to his right and made another save on the rebound. Minutes later though, Dhillon got his revenge when a deep shot found its way into the net to put the Mavericks ahead, 1-0, at the break.

Midway through the second half, George Tor drew three Laker defenders at midfield before feeding the ball to John Taggart, who re-entered the game just over two minutes before. Taggart ripped a shot that went in the far side of the net past Goodwin to extend the Medaille lead to two goals with 16 minutes remaining.

Oswego State put two shots on goal the rest of the way, but Nick Kurtz made two of his three saves to preserve the shutout. P.J. Goodwin finished the game with four stops. It was a physical contest that saw both teams receive four yellow cards each.

Members of the all-tournament team included Marcelo Guardado (Old Westbury), Jeffery Thomas (Alfred), Zack Saccocio (Oswego State), Greg Hoffman (Medaille), and Most Valuable Player George Tor.

Oswego State returns to the pitch Wednesday for a home contest against Hamilton at 4 p.m.