Devils keep playoff hopes alive with win over Potsdam

Fredonia State took its first step toward getting back in the SUNYAC playoff picture with a 3-0 women’s soccer win at home Friday over the Potsdam Bears.

“Our girls played phenomenal,” Fredonia State coach Chris Case raved. “We played really well. I was pleased with the level of play we had. I just hope it jump starts our team. Sometimes all it takes is one victory. We hope to put back-to-back efforts like we did (Friday).”

Freshman forward Jordyn Ruston, freshman midfielder Kristie Kleine and senior midfielder Maria Green scored for the Blue Devils, who moved to 1-4-1 in the conference, two points behind the Bears with Plattsburgh coming to University Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff today. The Cardinals and Geneseo entered play Friday tied for the sixth and final playoff spot, while the Blue Devils were six points back.

“Today kind of keeps our hopes alive to nail down that last playoff spot,” Case said. “We are playing another team just ahead of us in the standings.”

The Blue Devils are 3-9-2 overall while the Bears fell to 5-8-1 overall and 2-4-0 in SUNYAC.

Freshman goalkeeper Hannah McGlinchey made four saves to earn the shutout, her second of the season. Her diving stop of a shot by Alexis Beach midway through the second half represented Potsdam’s best scoring chance of the game. Beach went in alone following a Fredonia State turnover.

Ruston opened the scoring in the eighth minute on a header following a short cross into the box by junior defender Maggie Horan. It was Ruston’s second goal of the season.

Kleine added to her team-leading sixth goal to put the Blue Devils on top 2-0 in the 54th minute. Senior midfielder Catie Hale slid the ball from the right wing into the box and Kleine left-footed the ball into the open side.

Green connected for her first goal of the season – her fourth as a collegian – when she one-timed a hard, high shut into the upper left corner directly off a Potsdam turnover. It came in the 60th minute.

“Maria Green had a fantastic day,” Case said. “Besides her goal, she was fantastic.

“Catie Hale had a really good game,” Case noted. “She was one of our main distributors and kept things going for us. She did a lot of little things most people don’t see. She had a quietly really good game.”

Men’s Soccer

Potsdam tops Devils

POTSDAM – The Fredonia State men’s soccer team made a late comeback bid, but fell short in a 3-2 loss at Potsdam.

Down 3-1 late in the game, Jay Dry connected to make it a one-goal game, but the Devils were unable to score in the final seven-and-a-half minutes.

The Devils outshot Potsdam 16-15 and held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Luke Tylutki assisted on Dry’s fifth goal of the season. Dry connected from the near corner.

The first half was played to a 1-all tie. Potsdam’s Alex Minsker scored 4:18 into the game.

Just over a minute later, Mike Biggane tied the game for the Blue Devils on his second score of the season. Jakob Persons assisted as Biggane converted on a header.

Potsdam scored twice midway through the second half to take a 3-1 lead, before Dry’s goal capped the scoring.

A.J. Grecco made six saves in goal. Potsdam’s Alex Pavone made seven saves.

The Devils fall to 1-4-1 in the SUNYAC and 4-9-1 overall. Potsdam improves to 2-3-1 and 8-6-1.

Fredonia State takes on Plattsburgh today.