Kleine leads Blue Devils over Elmira

Kristie Kleine had two goals and one assist to lead Fredonia State to a 5-0 win over the Elmira Soaring Eagles in non-conference women’s soccer Tuesday.

“I’m definitely pleased with the production of goals (Tuesday),” Fredonia State coach Chris Case said. “We had five all season and had five (Tuesday). I think we did a really good job.”

Kleine, a freshman midfielder, did her scoring in the first 34 minutes of the first half, which ended with the Blue Devils up 4-0.

Senior forward Kristi Putzig had a goal and an assist while two other freshmen, Alexis Moreland and Jordyn Ruston each had a goal for the Blue Devils, who improved to 2-5-2.

Freshman goalkeeper Hannah McGlinchey made two saves. It was her first collegiate shutout.

The Blue Devils are back at home Saturday at 1 p.m. when they play host to Buffalo State in a SUNYAC game.

Kleine scored in the fifth minute on a breakaway. After receiving a long lead pass just beyond the center stripe, she sidestepped one defender and outran another. She dribbled in alone and beat the Elmira goalkeeper with a low hard shot. It was her team-leading fourth goal of the season.

Moreland made it 2-0 with her second goal of the season in the 13th minute. Zanna Barth started the play with a nifty through ball to Moreland, who one-touched a pass to Kleine on the right wing. Moreland proceeded to the opposite post, where she one-timed a cross from Kleine.

Kleine’s second goal, her fifth of the season, came with 16:25 left in first half. She received a short pass from Moreland, ran upfield with two defenders in her path, then stopped and cut to the middle apparently looking for a trailing teammate. When none arrived, Kleine switched to her left foot and fired a low shot into the right corner of the net.

She was subbed out shortly thereafter.

Ruston recorded her first collegiate points with a goal with 5:11 left in the first half to make it 4-0. She settled a pass from Putzig and belted a shot from just inside the 18-yard box.

Putzig scored the only goal of the second half with a hard strike from 35 yards away in the 77th minute. It was her first goal of the year.

“I certainly hope this is the turning point for us,” Case said. “What was great was the forwards were the ones who scored the goals for us. It was good to see our forwards making good contact and finding the back of the net. We need them to step up and get goals.”

Women’s Tennis

Streaking Devils defeat Alfred, 7-2

Fredonia State won its fifth straight women’s tennis match Tuesday, a 7-2 home win over the Alfred Saxons.

“It seems like the kids have always stepped up,” Fredonia State coach Joe Calarco said. “It’s always somebody who is playing well.”

Miller Barmasse and Molly Zanetti were double winners for the Blue Devils, who improved to 7-3.

In addition, Alison Phillips came through with a solid win at No. 1 singles.

“Phillips played her best match,” Calarco said. “Alfred was no pushover. I think right down the order, the kids played their best tennis today. She was crisp and sharp. She was upbeat. She didn’t give up.”

It was the final home match of the season for the Blue Devils, who are back in action Thursday at Medaille.

A pre-match ceremony honoring the team’s seniors was held. Barmasse, Zanetti, Phillips, Jenelle Friedman and Carmina Georgescu were recognized as was junior Sara DiFulvio, who will not participate next fall, and senior Jessica Johnston (Fredonia), who played earlier this fall before leaving to study abroad.