GENESEO, N.Y. – At halftime, the Oswego State men’s soccer team (4-8-1, 3-3-1 SUNYAC) trailed Geneseo (3-8-2, 1-4-1 SUNYAC), 1-0, but a thunderous, three-goal second half earned the Lakers a much-needed conference win, 3-2, on Friday at Geneseo.
With Fredonia’s (4-10-0, 3-2-0 SUNYAC) loss to Plattsburgh (13-1-0, 4-1-0 SUNYAC) today, the Lakers vault past the Blue Devils for fifth in the State University of New York Athletic Conference standings.
In Geneseo, the Blue Knights dominated play in the first half, taking 12 shots before the Lakers could fire one off. The first Oswego State shot wasn’t taken until the 40th minute, when Andrew McBride (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) struck a shot wide left.
However, the Blue Knights got on the board first in the 31st minute when Jaisen Clark crossed the ball into the box and Ryan Yurchak drove it home from 10 yards out to give Geneseo the 1-0 edge.
After halftime, the Lakers came out with a vengeance. They knotted up the game at one apiece at 63:28, when Mike Naab (Jr., Ontario, N.Y.) scored his second goal of the season on a cross from Lakers leading scorer Ryan Purdy (So., Stormville, N.Y.).
Just over five minutes later, the Lakers claimed a 2-1 lead on a rebound goal by McBride, his third of the season. Oswego State wasted no time adding to their lead, as Purdy headed home his fifth goal of the season less than two minutes later to give the Lakers a 3-1 lead with under 20 minutes remaining.
The Lakers outshot their opponents 9-7 in the second stanza, and garnered eight corner kick opportunities in the period.
However, the Blue Knights weren’t done yet, bringing the lead down to one in the 82nd minute. Geneseo’s Mat Rough headed in a Pat Lynch corner kick to put the game back in reach for the Blue Knights.
The Lakers didn’t allow another Geneseo shot, earning their third straight conference win.
Lakers goalie P.J. Goodwin (Sr., Baldwinsville, N.Y.) recorded seven saves on the 19 shots he faced. Geneseo’s Nick Voggel made two stops in the loss.
Oswego State looks to bolster its postseason chances Saturday traveling to conference foe Brockport to take on the Golden Eagles at 1 p.m.