Oswego State Men’s Soccer Hands Nazareth First Loss

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s soccer team remained perfect this season on their home field thanks to a seond-half goal by Mike Naab (So., Ontario, NY) for a 1-0 win over Nazareth College on Saturday at Laker Field.

The evenly played game included 19 shots and nine shots on goal, but the Lakers made one of their five shots on goal count for the win.

With 31 minutes left to play, Naab worked by a defender and lofted a shot that hit the far post and bounced into the goal for the game-winner.

The Golden Flyers’ best chance to tie the game came with 17 minutes left, but Laker keeperP.J. Goodwin (Jr. Baldwinsville) made the last of his four saves to preserve the shutout.

The Lakers could have won by more had it not been for the great play of Nazareth keeper Kyle Connolly. Brandon Comdon (Fr., Holley, NY) forced Connolly to make a diving save in the opening minutes of the game and then Bryan Pacchiana (Sr., Cortlandt Manor, NY) had two free kicks in the first half that the keeper punched away and made a leaping catch on respectively.

Not to be outdone, Goodwin’s best save of the game came when Ryan Foley tried to score on a bicycle kick in front of the net, but Goodwin dove to his left to push the ball wide and keep the game scoreless early in the first half.

The win over Nazareth was the first for the Lakers in this annual early-season contest since 2008.

Oswego State puts its 3-0 home record on the line again on Tuesday against another Rochester school when it hosts Roberts Wesleyan (2-3) at 4 p.m. at Laker Field.