Men’s soccer opens with win in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fredonia men’s soccer opened its 2014 season with a 2-1 win Friday afternoon over Hampden-Sydney at The “Turk” D.C. Classic hosted by Catholic University.

Both Blue Devil goals came on near-bookend penalty kicks – the first by senior co-captain Chase Lipshie resulting in a 1-0 lead in the third minute, and the game-winner by junior co-captain Mike Biggane in the 90th minute.

Mohamed Hussein drew the foul to set up Lipshie’s goal and Ryan Ross was taken down prior to the goal by Biggane.

The official time of Biggane’s goals is listed as coming at 89:45.

Making his Blue Devil debut, junior goalkeeper Sammy Torrelli made two saves. Hampden-Sydney’s only goal was scored by Liam Hogan in the 37th minute to forge a 1-1 tie. Torrelli is a transfer from Monroe Community College in Rochester.

The Blue Devils were outshot 8-7 and yielded nine corner kicks against only two of their own. Lipshie led the team with two shots. Five other players had one shot each.

“Defensively,” head coach P.J. Gondek said, “we were a bit disorganized in the first half.” Physical play throughout played to the Blue Devils’ advantage. “Our depth won the game,” Gondek said, “as freshmen played a big role. The end of the game, our freshness with subs got us our goal.”

The “Turk” D.C. Classic resumes Saturday, with Blue Devils meeting nationally ranked Dickenson at 2 p.m. The Red Devils, 3-0 winners Friday over Catholic, are No. 24 in the National Soccer Coaches’ NCAA Division III pre-season poll.

Women’s Soccer

Devils fall to Rochester in season opener

ROCHESTER – A first-half goal by junior Ally Tatro was all Fredonia could muster Friday in its 3-1 season-opening loss to the University of Rochester at the Flower City Classic.

“We did alright,” Fredonia head coach Chris Case said. “We were playing pretty good, then we had a call go against us that kind of changed the game. (Rochester) got away with an obvious hand ball that helped them get on a breakaway and they scored. That was a little bit disheartening.”

Outshot by the Yellowjackets 13-7, the Blue Devils trailed 1-0 when Tatro scored in the 33rd minute off a rebound. It was the second goal of her collegiate career, her first coming last year during her sophomore season.

The Yellowjackets regained the lead in the 43rd minute and turned aside two good Fredonia scoring chances in the 80th minute. A straight-on shot 12 yards out by senior Katie Kleine was tipped wide by the Rochester goalkeeper Aubrey Jaicks, resulting in a Fredonia corner kick. Following the corner, sophomore Alexis Moreland took a shot from the crease toward the lower left post, which Jaicks stopped. The rebound came back to Moreland, and her second shot was also stopped by Jaicks.

The two saves swung the momentum to Rochester, whose Laurie Cowie-Haskell netted her team’s third goal – and completed the scoring – in the 81st minute. Earlier goals were scored by Lee Stagg and Carolina Manent, with Manent’s counting as the game-winner.

“We definitely did some good things against a quality team,” Case said. “We just have to be more consistent. We’re probably still on the younger side of things, but we’re going to have to really start connecting and executing if we’re going to have success.”

Moreland’s three shots and two by Kleine led the Blue Devil attack while junior goalkeeper Lindsey Forness made six saves in her collegiate women’s soccer debut. Forness participated on the Blue Devil women’s softball team last spring.

The Blue Devils are back in action today on the second day of the Flower City Classic when they meet Union at 11 a.m.

Women’s Volleyball

Devils drop two

on Day 1 of ’14

CORTLAND – A pair of 3-0 losses awaited the Fredonia women’s volleyball team Friday on the first day of the 2014 season during the Cortland Red Dragon Classic.

The Blue Devils’ season opened with a 25-16, 25-21, 25-22 loss to Richard Stockton, followed by a 25-9, 25-17, 25-16 loss to Juniata. The Blue Devils close out their weekend with two more matches today – 11 a.m. vs. St. Lawrence, 1:30 p.m. vs. Utica.

Sara Madison was the top hitter in each Friday match. The sophomore outside hitter had 11 kills and only one error in 25 attempts vs. Richard Stockton, for a .400 hitting percentage. She had six kills in the Juniata match.

Junior setter Kelly Edinger had 32 assists against Richard Stockton and 16 against Juniata to claim top playmaking honors.

In addition, junior Jessica DiChristopher had eight kills and junior libero Lauren Hokaj 19 digs versus Richard Stockton. Freshman libero/defensive specialist Courtney Poirier had 13 digs and sophomore opposite-outside hitter Megan Collins two service aces vs. Juniata.