Oswego State women’s soccer opens with a win

MADISON, N.J. – Shelly Bateman (Sr., Fulton, N.Y.) netted a pair of goals to propel the Oswego State women’s soccer team to a 3-2 victory over St. Joseph’s (L.I.) on Saturday. The Lakers have a quick turnaround before they face Fairleigh Dickinson – Florham tomorrow at
11 a.m.

Bateman opened the scoring in the 21st minute when she used some fancy dribbling to beat St. Joseph goalkeeper Kayla Flowers from 15 yards out. It appeared as if Oswego State would take the one-goal lead into halftime, but Samantha Garcia capitalized on a scramble in front of the net that led to St. Joseph tying the game 11 seconds before intermission.

The goal did not dissuade the Lakers at the start of the second half, though, as Bateman received a nice pass from Raquel Vescio (Jr., Fulton, N.Y.) less than three minutes into the frame. Oswego State doubled its advantage in the 56th minute when Bri Dolan (So.,
Fayetteville, N.Y.) put away a free kick from Georgia Traynor (So., Tomkins Cove, N.Y.).

St. Joseph’s did not go away, as Tara Bernocco found the back of the net on a blast from 30 yards out in the 73rd minute.

However, that would be as close as it would get, as Oswego State hung on for the win.

Laker goalkeeper Steph Hotaling (So., Fulton, N.Y.) earned the win after stopping three shots, while Flowers finished with five saves.