Oswego State Men’s Soccer Team Wins First Opener In Decade

OSWEGO, N.Y. – For the first time since 2001, the Oswego State men’s soccer team won its opening match of the season. The Lakers scored four unanswered goals to come from behind and top D’Youville College 4-1 in the first round of the second annual Oswego State Men’s Soccer Tournament at Laker Field on Friday.

The Lakers will meet Alfred University, a 1-0 winner over Old Westbury on Friday, in the championship game of the tournament on Saturday at 3 p.m.

D’Youville took a 1-0 lead with 19 minutes left in the first half when Josh Pfuntner headed in a goal, but the Lakers tied the game four minutes later when freshman Andrew Bordash (Highland Mills, NY) drove home a shot during a wild chain of events. Freshman Eric Widanka (Henrietta, NY) ripped a shot off the post and sophomore Brendan Beisner (West Islip, NY) collected the rebound and took a shot of his own. Beisner’s shot was saved, but Bordash was right there for the third, and tying shot, in the sequence.

Oswego State pulled away in the second half though, scoring three goals and holding the Spartans without a shot until the final three minutes of the second half.

Senior Ben Nix (Painted Post, NY) netted the game winner following a corner kick assist by senior Max Guliani (New York, NY) with 24:47 left in the game.

Three minutes later, freshman Ryan Purdy (Stormville, NY) added an unassisted goal, while freshman Brandon Comden (Holley, NY) scored the final goal off a nifty assist from freshmanZack Saccocio (Schenectady, NY).

The contest was the first four-goal game for the Lakers since they beat Morrisville State 4-3 on Sept. 26, 2009. The last time Oswego started the season 1-0, they topped Cazenova College 3-0 on Sept. 1, 2001.   Coll Coll C  Col Col Colle

Junior goalkeeper P.J. Goodwin (Balswinsville, NY) made two saves in the win for the Lakers.

D’Youville will face Old Westbury at 1 p.m. at Laker Field on Saturday with Oswego State and Alfred University battling for the tournament title at 3 p.m.