Second-half goal takes down Blue Devils, 1-0

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Geneseo’s Erin O’Connor scored an unassisted goal in the 55th minute Saturday as the visiting Blue Knights scored a 1-0 SUNYAC women’s soccer win over the Fredonia State Blue Devils.

“It’s difficult,” Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said. “We have some home games in our conference and those are the games you need to have, because it’s tough to win on the road. It’s a little bit of a disappointment that we didn’t get at least one win this weekend.”

Before a sun-bathed crowd at University Stadium, O’Connor lifted a short shot from the left zone into the upper right of the net behind Fredonia State freshman goalkeeper Heather McGlinchey.

McGlinchey was called on two other times to make difficult stops and finished with six saves. At the other end, Geneseo’s Julia Sanger made seven saves to record the shutout.

The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 1-5-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the SUNYAC. Geneseo improved to 3-4-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

“It’s not like we’re in a terrible spot,” Case said. “We just have to really buckle down and win our next conference game against Buffalo State.”

Geneseo held a territorial advantage in the first half, resulting in three corner kicks and five shots. Fredonia State pressed the action toward the later part of the second half, yet missed the mark on a couple of good chances.

Geneseo outshot Fredonia State, 13-10. The top shooters for Fredonia State were freshman Kristie Kleine (Cazenovia) with three, and freshman Jordyn Ruston (Walworth) and senior Kristi Putzig (Williamsville) with two each.

Fredonia State is back at home Tuesday for a non-conference game against Elmira. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

Men’s Soccer

Second straight OT

road loss for Devils

GENESEO – Fredonia State suffered its second overtime loss in two days with a 1-0 SUNYAC setback Saturday to the Geneseo Blue Knights.

The Blue Devils (3-7-0 overall, 0-2-0 SUNYAC), trying to bounce back from a 1-0 loss Friday at No. 7 ranked Brockport, held a 2-1 lead on goals by Luke Tylutki and Niall Curran.

Geneseo countered with a goal by Ryan Yurchak, his second of the game, in the 63rd minute, and the game-winner by Pat Lynch seven minutes into overtime.

The Blue Knights improved to 2-0 in the conference and 4-4-1 overall.

“We played with passion all weekend,” Fredonia State head coach P.J. Gondek said. “To get no points in two games is heartbreaking. We have put ourselves in position now that only we can get ourselves out of.”

Yurchak opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 10th minute to give Geneseo a 1-0 lead.

Tylutki, a senior, scored his second goal of the season at 24:09 on a set up from senior Chase Lipshie.

Curran, a freshman, scored his first collegiate goal at 51:15 without the aid of an assist.

Fredonia State junior goalkeeper Michael Schreiner was credited with nine saves, while Geneseo’s Dan Maddock made three stops. Geneseo had a 28-17 advantage in total shots and an 11-5 advantage in corner kicks.

Fredonia State is back in SUNYAC action when it visits Buffalo State next Friday.

Women’s Volleyball

Blue Devils drop pair in match play

BROCKPORT – Fredonia State fell to Buffalo State, 3-1, in the first of two SUNYAC Pool Play matches Saturday. They dropped the second match, 3-1, to New Paltz

In the morning match, Fredonia State fell 18-25, 25-21, 24-26, and 19-25. Three sophomores led the offense. Jessica DiChristopher had 11 kills, Paulina Rein had 10 kills and two service aces, and Kelly Edinger recorded 43 assists. A fourth sophomore, Lauren Hokaj, had three service aces.

Defensively, Hokaj collected 16 digs, sophomore Brittney Kelly added 15 digs, and Rein had 11 digs.

Against New Paltz, the Devils fell 22-25, 25-23, 18-25 and 23-25. Orcutt had 14 kills and Edinger had 35 assists. Hokaj had 19 digs, Edinger 13 and senior Lauren O’Hara had 10. DiChristopher and Edinger had three blocks apiece.

The Blue Devils (10-8) play host to the Blue Devil Invitational on oct. 4-5 in Dods Hall.

Cross Country

Men finish 7th at

Harry F. Anderson Invitational

ROCHESTER – Jed Kovalovsky was Fredonia State’s top finisher Saturday at the Harry F. Anderson Invitational hosted by Roberts Wesleyan College.

Kovalovsky, a junior, ran the 8,000-meter course in 27:12 to finish 23rd overall and 11 seconds ahead of Blue Devil freshman Cody Martini, who was 26th in 27:23.

Rounding out Fredonia State’s top five were senior Cal Hayward, 46th in 28:07; freshman Robert Cooper, 49th in 28:10; and freshman Patrick Shenal, 56th in 28:23.

The Blue Devils were seventh out of 17 teams. Several of the team’s top runners were held out of the race.

Meanwhile, in the women’s race, the Fredonia State women finished eighth out of 17 teams.

The Blue Devils’ top finisher was junior Sarah Rocco, who covered the five-kilometer course in 19:47. She was 39th overall.

The next four Blue Devil finishers were sophomore Katie Tresino, 45th in 19:51; senior Alissa Conti (Fredonia), 50th in 20:04; freshman Kara Hall, 61st in 20:20; and freshman Julia Johnson, 71st in 20:36.

Several of the Blue Devils’ top runners were held out of the race.