Clarion Hotel Classic this weekend at Fredonia State

The Fredonia State soccer teams will conduct their annual home classic, sponsored by the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, this today and Saturday at University Stadium.

Four games are scheduled each day, with the Utica and Mount Union women getting things started at 2:30 p.m. today on the main grass field. The Houghton and Buffalo State men are scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff on the adjoining turf field.

Tonight’s games pit the Penn State Behrend women vs. Fredonia State at 5 p.m., followed by Mount Saint Mary vs. the Fredonia State men at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s women’s games are Utica vs. Penn State Behrend at 3 p.m., and Mount Union vs. Fredonia State at 7 p.m. The men’s Saturday slate consists of Buffalo State vs. Mount Saint Mary at 2:30 p.m., and Houghton vs. Fredonia State at 5 p.m.

Here’s a capsule look at Fredonia State and its weekend opponents:

MEN

The Blue Devils split a pair of games last weekend at the Penn State Behrend tournament. Senior midfielder Jay Dry was the offensive standout with two goals and one assist over the two days. That output earned him the distinction of Fredonia State Male Student Athlete of the Week. Junior goalkeeper Michael Schreiner saw all the duty at Behrend last weekend and earned the 4-1 win over Bethany. Meanwhile, Mount Saint Mary – located in Newburgh – comes to Fredonia with a 2-0 record. They were selected third in the preseason poll of Skyline Conference coaches, including two first-place votes. Top offensive players in the early going have included Matt Garcia, Brandon Minchner, Michael Ennis, Chris Marchese, and Adam Palumbo. Houghton is 1-0-1 so far and are ranked No. 16 in the National Christian College Athletic Association, as well as second in the East region. Cody Martin leads the Highlanders in goals and points.

WOMEN

Still looking for their first goal of the season, the Blue Devils fell twice last weekend at Virginia Beach, Fla. Six freshmen were in the starting lineup, and the jitters felt in the season opener vs. Christopher Newport were less evident in the second game vs. No. 25 ranked Virginia Wesleyan. Yet the Blue Devils will be put to the test twice this weekend. Penn State Behrend was the preseason pick to defend their Allegheny Mountain Athletic Conference title for the third straight year. The Lions, led so far by Alex Bilka, recorded the 100th career win for head coach Patrick O’Driscoll this week. Mount Union, members of the Ohio Athletic Conference, have yet to allow a goal while winning two games so far. Carolyn Balzano and Shannon Evans have been leading the offense, with Evans receiving the OAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week award on Monday.