OSWEGO – Playing in her final home game as a member of the Oswego State women’s soccer team, midfielder Laura Ambron (Sr., Fishkill, N.Y.) netted the game’s only goal six minutes into the contest, giving the Lakers a 1-0 victory over St. Lawrence on Tuesday afternoon at Laker Field.
With 39 minutes remaining in the first half, forward Shelly Bateman (Jr., Fulton, N.Y.) sent a pass through traffic from near midfield that found Ambron with open space in front of her. Ambron dribbled the ball down the offensive side of the field for the Lakers before firing a shot that beat St. Lawrence goalkeeper Abby van Geldern toward the right-side post. The goal was Ambron’s first of the season, as well as her first point.
Coming into the game, the Lakers trailed the all-time series with the Saints, 2-17-2, having dropped seven consecutive matches. The last non-loss for the Lakers against the Saints came on Nov. 1, 2003 when both teams played to a 4-4 tie in Oswego. The Lakers were 2-4-1 when playing St. Lawrence at home prior to Tuesday’s game.
The statistics between the two teams were very similar, as the Lakers held a slight edge in shots, 14-12, and shots on goal, 8-7. Both the Lakers and the Saints had four corner kick opportunities throughout the game, but neither team was able to generate any offense as a result.
Geldern, who currently ranks 23rd in Division III with a .890 save percentage, finished the game with seven saves in a losing effort for the Saints. Oswego State goalkeeper Emily Varonier (Jr., Miller Place, N.Y.) also finished with seven saves to record her fourth shutout this season and eighth win of the season.
The Lakers improved to 9-7-0 overall with the win, while the Saints dropped to 6-4-3 with the loss. Oswego State finishes the regular season home schedule at 7-3-0, and currently owns a 7-1-0 non-conference record with just one non-conference game remaining at Clarkson University.
Oswego State returns to conference play on Saturday, Oct. 22, when it travels to take on SUNYAC-leading Cortland in the Lakers’ conference finale.