Head coach Brian McGrane and the Oswego State women’s soccer team suffered their first defeat of the season in a fast-paced 3-2 loss to Hamilton College on Saturday at Laker Field. Oswego dropped to 3-1-0 overall, while the Continentals improved to 2-0-0.
Freshman Michelle Bateman (Fulton, N.Y.) tallied goals in the 10th and 73rd minute, but were offset by two goals from HamiltonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Anne Graveley, who netted the eventual game-winner. Laker goalkeeper Christina Fregosi (Massapequa, N.Y.) was tested for the first time this season as she took the loss despite making six saves.
Oswego controlled possession at the start of the contest to pressure the opposing defense. However, scoring started when Alexa Krebs (So., Massapequa, N.Y.) sent a ball into the Continental zone. It soon became a foot race between Michelle Bateman and a Hamilton defender to the ball. Bateman won the battle as her shot from long range went in the right side of the net at the 9:55 mark to give Oswego an early 1-0 lead. The Lakers continued to dominate play for the first 30 minutes of the half until the Continentals began to swing momentum in their favor. Hamilton continued to apply pressure until Charlotte Cosgrove was able to sneak a pass behind the Oswego defense finding Anne Graveley. Graveley fired a shot from the center of the field with her left foot that found the back of the net near the right post to even the score at 1-1. Minutes later the Continentals appeared to take a 2-1 lead, but the goal was negated by an offsides violation. Hamilton fired two more shots on goal before the end of the half as Fregosi was up to the task, turning away both shots to keep it tied at halftime.
The Continentals picked up where they left off at the start of the second half resulting in goals by Alex Rimmer and Graveley for a 3-1 lead at the 72nd minute. The Lakers were not finished though as they scored on their next possession. Stephanie San Antonio (So., Bethpage, N.Y.) set up the play when her shot from long range bounced high off the crossbar in front of the goalkeeper. Captain Julie McCloskey (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) went into the air to take a header on the rebound, but her attempt bounced off the crossbar as well. After a brief scramble in front of the net, Bateman was able to pound home her eighth goal of the season at 72:49 to cut the deficit in half at 3-2. However, that was where the score stood when the final horn sounded.
BatemanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eight goals this season is the highest single-season total since 2005 when current assistant coach Maureen Kasperek scored 13 goals.
Oswego will play its first road game of the season at St. Lawrence on Wednesday, September 16 at 4 p.m.
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