Submitted by SUNY Oswego
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s soccer team battled the heat on Wednesday afternoon as it dropped its’ season opener against RIT 2-0 in Rochester. The Tigers applied pressure throughout the contest as RIT out-shot the Lakers 20-9. It was the first contest for each squad as Oswego State fell to 0-1 and the Tigers moved to 1-0.
Two first half goals for the Tigers set the tone for the game as both teams went scoreless in the second half. RIT’s first tally came 19 minutes into the game as Dan Holowaty found the back of the net with a rebound after Laker goalie P.J. Goodwin initially stopped a shot by Allen Nicholson. Dom Colaprete put in the second and final goal for RIT in the 41st minute of the first half on a penalty kick.
The Tigers’ aggressive play resulted in eight corner kicks, while the Lakers failed to get a chance at one of their own. It was also a physical contest as the squads combined to commit 35 fouls.
Goodwin finished the game with seven saves in his debut in net. RIT goalkeeper Sean Conway finished the game with two saves and the shutout.
The Lakers will be host their first-ever tournament this weekend at Laker Field with action kicking off at 3:30 p.m. on Friday when Oswego State squares off against Sage Colleges.