Oswego State Men’s Soccer Keeps Pace In Playoff Race With 2-1 Win Over New Paltz

The Oswego State men’s soccer team kept pace in the SUNY Athletic Conference standings with a 2-1 win against New Paltz on Friday in Oswego. The Lakers, who improved to 5-8-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the league, moved into a four-way tie for third place with Cortland, Geneseo, and Oneonta and one game remaining on the conference schedule. The Hawks dropped to 6-9-2 overall and 1-7-0 in the SUNYAC.

After a scoreless first half, Max Guliani (So., New York, N.Y.) put Oswego State on the scoreboard in the 52nd minute for his second goal of the season. Bryan Pacchiana (So., Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and German Collazo (Jr., Freeport, N.Y.) were credited with assists on the score. Captain Dave Baldanza (Sr., Herkimer, N.Y.) added an insurance goal in the 85th minute of the game with his first goal of the year.

The Lakers would need the extra goal as New Paltz’s Lucas Natel scored with one second remaining in the contest after receiving a pass from Nicholas DiPaola to make the final score 2-1.

Oswego State goalkeeper Matt Wopperer (Jr., Manilus, N.Y.) stopped two shots in 87:25 of play, while senior Nick Liberati (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) allowed one goal on one shot on goal. Hawk goalkeeper Thomas Viscardi made two saves on five shots on goal.

The Lakers will face Oneonta in the final home game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. as both teams contend for playoff berths.