Women drop soccer opener; Volleyball wins

Special to the OBSERVER

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Fredonia State women’s soccer dropped its season opener Saturday, 2-0, to Christopher Newport at Virginia Wesleyan’s Marlins Classic.

Emma O’Reilly scored both goals for the Captains, who outshot the Blue Devils 23-4.

Christopher Newport came out quickly and jumped to a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute as O’Reilly ran down the left side and took a pass in stride from Bupe Okeowo to beat Fredonia State freshman goalkeeper Hannah McGlinchey.Jenna Smolinski took Fredonia State’s first shot of the season at 24:07 before Maria Green followed with a shot which sailed wide. Those two shots in a span of 14 seconds represented all the Blue Devil offense in the first half. Yet they only trailed 1-0 thanks to six saves by McGlinchey.

O’Reilly doubled the margin with a five-yard shot to the right of McGlinchey in the 61st minute.

“We just didn’t create,” said Fredonia State head coach Chris Case. “We got outshot all game and had a breakaway chance late but Klein didn’t quite finish. That would’ve made it 2-1 at that point.”

McGlinchey finished with 11 saves in her collegiate debut. Green had two shots for the Blue Devils. Christopher Newport goalkeeper Haley Casanova made one save to earn the shutout.

“We started five freshmen today,” Case said. “It was a great experience for them to get a feel for how quick and dynamic the college game is. Our defense just wasn’t quite ready but we worked hard. It came down to us needing to make a play and we couldn’t make it.”

The Blue Devils meet host Virginia Wesleyan at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Marlins, ranked nationally in two pre-season polls, tied Meredith (N.C.) in Saturday’s first game.

Men’s Soccer

Bounce back win

over Bethany, 4-1

ERIE, Pa. – Fredonia State picked up Saturday where it left off Friday at Penn State Behrend’s Herb Lauffer Memorial Tournament.

The Blue Devils (1-1) defeated Bethany, 4-1, on Saturday with two solid halves of soccer. That came on the heels of a solid second half Friday during a 2-1 overtime loss to Baldwin-Wallace.

Jay Dry had two goals while Luke Tylutki and Connor Meekins had one goal each in Saturday’s win. The Blue Devils outshot the Bison (0-2), 16-7.

Dry opened the scoring in the 10th minute, assisted by Brandon Schick. Tylutki made it 2-0 in the 18th minute, with Chase Lipshie and Jakob Persons earning assists.

Bethany cut the Fredonia State lead to 2-1 on a goal by Arkangelo James in the 22nd minute.

The Blue Devils took momentum into the break following the goal by Meekins, his first as a Blue Devil. Lipshie picked up his second assist of the game.

Dry scored his second goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 48th minute.

Mike Schreiner started in the Fredonia State goal for the second straight game. He made three saves.

Women’s Volleyball

Five-set success

over Rochester

CORTLAND – Fredonia State emerged with a 3-2 in-region win over the University of Rochester on the second day the season-opening Cortland Red Dragon Classic.

The teams took turns winning sets, with Rochester winning the first and third sets (25-22, 25-17) and the Blue Devils the second and fourth (25-12, 25-18). The Blue Devils closed out the match by winning the fifth set, 15-7. Fredonia State had 11 kills and only error in the fifth set.

Paulina Rein and Kaitlin Orcutt led the attack with 11 kills each in the match, with Rein hitting .303 with only one error. Kelly Edinger collected 41 assists. Sara Madison and Jessica DiChristopher had eight kills each. Brianne Paganello led the Blue Devils with four services aces, and Rein had three.

Defensively, Brittney Kelly had 20 digs, Rein had 12, and Lauren O’Hara 11, while DiChristopher had four total blocks, and Edinger had three.

In a Saturday morning match, Fredonia State fell to Lebanon Valley by scores of 25-20, 25-22, and 25-19.

The Blue Devils had 22 kills against 21 attack errors, with Rein and Orcutt collecting six kills each. Edinger had 17 assists, and contributed defensively with seven digs. O’Hara and Madison had nine digs each, while Rein and Kelly had eight each. Kelly also had three service aces. Hannah Manning had two total blocks.

Madison was named to the all-tournament team.