The road toward qualifying for the SUNYAC playoffs became a bit more difficult for the Oswego State women’s soccer team following a 1-0 loss to Fredonia on Friday afternoon at Laker Field.
An own goal by the Laker defense at 32:03 proved to be the difference maker, as Oswego State was shut out at home for the first time this season. After the Blue Devils served a pass from the right side of the field toward the near post, miscommunication between the goalie and a Laker defender resulted in the defender putting the ball into the back of her own net.
The Blue Devils nearly took the early lead 11 minutes prior to the own goal, but Oswego State midfielder Kelly Adams (Sr., Rome, N.Y.) made a diving save on Fredonia’s Lindsay Putman, keeping the ball out of the empty net.
The Lakers held the 7-3 advantage in corner kicks, with five in the second half, but were unable to deliver on any of their opportunities. Fredonia outshot Oswego State, 14-10, and fired six shots on goal to the Lakers’ three.
Steph Hotaling (Fr., Fulton, N.Y.) halted a game-high four shots in net for the Lakers, and Oswego State earned one team save off of Adams’ diving stop. Fredonia’s netminder, Meaghan Meszaros, made three saves en route to gaining her fourth shutout of the year.
The loss drops the Lakers to 7-5-0 overall and 1-4-0 in conference play, placing them eighth in the 10-team SUNYAC with three points. Oswego State currently sits three points behind Brockport for the sixth and final playoff spot. Brockport, at 2-2 in conference play, has played one less SUNYAC game than the Lakers.
Fredonia improves to 6-5-0 overall and 3-1-0 in SUNYAC. The Blue Devils currently sit in third place in the conference with nine points, three points back of first-place Cortland and Oneonta.
The Lakers conclude their home conference schedule against Buffalo State on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Laker Field. The game will also serve as Senior Day.