OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s soccer team was unable to carry momentum from its overtime win into Saturday’s game as the Lakers fell to visiting Potsdam Saturday in a 2-0 decision. A late first-half goal put the Lakers in a deficit they could not recover from as they dropped to 3-6-1 on the season and 1-2-0 in SUNYAC play. The Bears earned their first conference win as they improved to 2-8-1 overall and 1-3-0 in the SUNYAC.
Senior Matt Wopperer earned the starting nod in net after his impressive work in relief of injured starter P.J. Goodwin in Friday’s triumph. Potsdam outshot Oswego State 6-3 in the first half, and was eventually able to find the net with seven minutes left in the half. Chris Mack connected on a header off an Alex Minsker pass that beat Wopperer to give the Bears a 1-0 lead they would take into intermission.
The Oswego State coaches sent in four subs early on in the second half to try to spark the team. The Lakers showed a sense of urgency, tripling their shot total from the first half with nine as the Bears would again have six. However, Oswego State had four of their shots blocked by defenders, not allowing them any quality chances to challenge Bears goalie Joe Glackin. Glackin finished the contest with four saves in the shutout as Wopperer registered six stops.
In the 81st minute, Brandon Calandra scored an insurance goal for Potsdam when he netted his first marker of the season to put the game out of reach for the home team. Bryan Pacchiana and Ryan Tibbetts got off three shots each for the Lakers to lead the team.
Oswego State plays its last two home games of the regular season next weekend. The Lakers face Buffalo State on Friday at 4 p.m. and finish up with Fredonia on Saturday at 1 p.m.