Devils fall to Oneonta, 3-1, in men’s soccer

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Fredonia State fell to Oneonta, 3-1, in SUNYAC men’s soccer Saturday at University Stadium.

Jakob Persons scored the lone Blue Devil goal in his final home game. He and six senior teammates were recognized during a pre-game ceremony. The Blue Devils, 5-11-1 overall, closed out their conference season at 2-6-1 and out of the SUNYAC playoff picture. They visit Hobart on Tuesday in the final game of the 2013 season.

Alex Winiarski had a goal and an assist for Oneonta, winners of the SUNYAC regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. The Red Dragons improved to 7-0-2 in the conference and 11-3-4 overall.

Oneonta wasted little time gaining the upper hand as Winiarski connected for his third goal of the season in the fifth minute, assisted by Dylan Williams. Fredonia State drew even on the goal by Persons just over one minute later. The senior defender scored for the second time this season when he took advantage of an Oneonta defensive miscue to get a one-on-one opportunity on Oneonta goalkeeper Daniel DeBottis. It was the Blue Devils’ only shot on goal in the game.

The wind advantage shifted to the Red Dragons in the second half, and they made good on it. Zachary Southworth converted a corner kick from Winiarski in the 55th minute. The eventual game-winner was Southworth’s second goal of the season. An insurance goal by Hans Purtell in the 80th minute closed out the scoring. It was Purtell’s second goal of the season. Luke Halberg assisted.

The Red Dragons had a 13-7 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

During the pre-game ceremony, head coach P.J. Gondek introduced and listed the accomplishments of the seven seniors. In addition to Persons, the seniors recognized were Josh Best, Jay Dry, Chase Lipshie, Joe Pagano, Dino Salkic and Luke Tyllutki.

Women’s Soccer

Freshman earns three points in 5-2 loss

at Oneonta

ONEONTA – Freshman forward Alexis Moreland had a goal and an assist in Fredonia State’s 5-2 women’s soccer loss Saturday to the Oneonta Red Dragons.

“I thought we played really well today,” Fredonia State coach Chris Case said. “Our goalkeeper had a horrible game and it cost us goals that never should have been in the net. We had chances today and we dominated the game at times which was much different than (Friday).”

Moreland dribbled down the center of the field and connected with her fifth goal of the season to cut the Oneonta lead to 4-1 in the 60th minute. Her assist – a header to sophomore defender Sarah Lindovski, followed by a header and goal by Lindovski – completed the scoring in the 85th minute. It was Lindovski’s first goal in 29 games over two seasons.

Karly DeSimone led Oneonta with two goals and two assists while Shana Ventresca, Elise Moinzadeh, and Liz Lasota had one goal each. Red Dragon goalkeeper Kelley Murphy made eight saves.

The Fredonia State goalkeeping duties were split between freshman Hannah McGlinchey, three goals allowed and five saves in the first half; and senior Shannon Letina, two goals allowed and two saves in the second half.

The Blue Devils dropped to 2-6-1 in the SUNYAC and 4-11-2 overall heading into the final game of the season 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Oneonta improved to 6-0-3 in the conference, 9-4-3 overall.

Women’s Volleyball

Blue Devils conclude SUNYAC Pool Play with sweep

A 3-1 win Saturday over Oneonta gave Fredonia State its second SUNYAC Pool Play sweep of the season and locked down the No. 3 seed in the upcoming SUNYAC Tournament.

They had to rally to do so. After dropping the opening set 14-25, the Blue Devils eked out a 27-25 in the second set, then rolled to 25-14 and 25-17 wins in the next two sets. It was their 11th straight match win and upped their records to 7-2 in the SUNYAC and 21-8 overall.

Freshman outside hitter Sara Madison had 15 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore opposite Paulina Rein was the second top hitter with eight kills. She also had four total blocks.

Sophomore setter Kelly Edinger was credited with 37 assists and shared the team lead in digs with sophomore outside hitter/libero Brittney Kelly, with 15 each. Sophomore libero Lauren Hokaj also had 10 digs, and sophomore middle blocker Jessica DiChristopher had five total blocks.

By virtue of their wins Friday over Plattsburgh and host Geneseo, the Blue Devils reached the 20-win mark for the 11th time in Geoff Braun’s 15 seasons as head coach. The win Saturday locked up the third seed – behind New Paltz and Buffalo State – when the SUNYAC Tournament is held in New Paltz starting Nov. 8.

Four regular-season matches remain, including Tuesday vs. Penn State Behrend on Senior Night. The 7 p.m. match will be held in Dods Hall.

Men’s Swimming

Estanislau sharp as men win opening meet

John Estanislau was a triple winner as the Fredonia State men’s swimming and diving team downed Division II Edinboro University, 139-94, in the season-opening meet on Saturday. It was the first time the men’s team defeated Edinboro.

Estanislau won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and was a part of the 400-yard medley relay team that touched first. In the 50 free, he turned in a time of 21.85 seconds, and finished the 100 free in 48.33.

Joining Estanislau on the relay team was Eric Jordan, Liam Jones and Adam Clouthier, timing in at 3:39.68.

Jordan was a double winner, taking the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:06.13. Andrew Case won the 200-yard IM in 2:04.51.

Diver Rafael Santiago took both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Off the 3-meter, he turned in a score of 235.04, outpointing runner up Joshua Croft by just under six points. Off the 1-meter, Santiago’s 255.30 bested teammate Arron Carlson, who turned in a score of 238.34.

The Devils are off until Nov. 9, when they play host to Geneseo in the Steele Hall Natatorium.

Women’s Swimming

Haley, Keller qualify

for NCAA’s in

opening meet

A pair of Fredonia State divers – seniors Katelyn Haley and Ashley Keller – provided NCAA qualifying scores in the first meet of the season vs. Edinboro on Saturday. Off the 3-meter board, Haley totaled 278.54 while Keller earned a 263.32 off the 1-meter board.

The Devils had three other individual winners, with Sam Rokos in the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.38), Stephanie Rosa in the 200-yard backstroke (2:15.89) and Larissa Dobson in the 200-yard breast stroke (2:35.33).

Edinboro claimed the team score, 145-91.

The Devils are off until Nov. 9, when they play host to Geneseo in the Steele Hall Natatorium.