BUFFALO, N.Y. – It was a tale of two halves as the Oswego State women’s soccer team raced out to a 3-0 halftime lead, but host Buffalo State stormed back with four goals in the second half to hand the Lakers a 4-3 loss Friday. Freshman Nikki Liadka tallied all three goals for Oswego State to bring her season total to nine. The Lakers fell to 5-6 on the season and 0-4 in league play, while the Bengals improved to 7-3-2 overall and 3-0-1 in the SUNYAC.
The Lakers struck first as Liadka converted a direct kick in the 12th minute. She added her second marker of the game 17 minutes later on another unassisted goal. Liadka completed the phenomenal first half hat trick in the 40th minute when she received a through ball pass and finished the ball just inside the far post past Bengal goalkeeper Virginia Porten. Oswego State took a seemingly comfortable 3-0 advantage into the half.
Buffalo State came firing out of the gates in the second half as it had a distinctive 10-3 shots on goal advantage over the Lakers in the stanza. The physicality of the game also increased as the teams combined for 19 fouls in the half, including two yellow cards issued in the game.
Jordan Dudish got the scoring started in the 55th minute for the Bengals off a direct kick that she slid inside the far post. Buffalo State narrowed the deficit to one seven minutes later when Amanda Sauer tallied a goal off a penalty kick. In the 78th minute, the Bengals knotted the game when Jenna Ferrando headed an Amanda Smyth corner past Laker goalkeeper Christina Fregosi. With just under three minutes remaining Buffalo State’s Melissa Mahoney fed Shaunta Pyles for the game-winning goal.
Fregosi finished with 15 saves in net for the Lakers while Porten finished with five stops in the win. Oswego State continues its Western New York road trip as it faces Fredonia Saturday at 1 p.m.