Submitted by SUNY Oswego
OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s soccer team was unable to convert on several chances in a 3-0 loss Saturday afternoon to visiting Cortland. The Red Dragons took an early lead in the fifth minute on a Bridgette DeSantis goal, and although the Lakers came close several times, they could not close the margin. Oswego State dropped to 3-3-0 overall and 0-1 in SUNYAC play. Cortland moved to 3-2-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Leading a Red Dragons counterattack, DeSantis fired a high shot that deflected off the hands of Laker goalkeeper Christina Fregosi, and dropped into the back of the net. Just over ten minutes later, Cortland struck again with the one-two punch of Jackie De Luise and Casey Reinhardt. De Luise played a cross from the right side where a Reinhardt header redirected the ball into the left side of the net past Fregosi.
Despite the early Cortland lead, the Lakers had their chances in the first half. Kelly Adams struck a cross to Shelly Bateman, who headed the ball on net. Red Dragon goalkeeper Pam Monnier was out of net, but a defender kicked the ball away, making a goal-saving play. Minutes later Melissa Sluka shot a laser from the top of the box that skimmed off the crossbar to help Cortland preserve a 2-0 halftime advantage.
Oswego State continued with its scoring chances out of intermission, as Shelly Bateman found a loose ball directly in front of net, firing a left-footed shot just wide of the right post.
DeSantis scored her second goal of the game in the 64th minute after corralling a loose ball off a Red Dragon corner as Cortland cruised to the 3-0 win. Fregosi surrendered three goals and made seven saves in net for Oswego State. Pam Monnier and Dayna Moneta combined to make three saves in the shutout win for Cortland.
The Lakers return to action Tuesday when they host non-conference foe Nazareth at 4 p.m.