Colin Maruscsak, Staff Writer
The Oneonta Men’s soccer team had a successful weekend winning both of their SUNYAC games. The Red Dragons started their road series against Fredonia on Friday last week. Both teams played very physical, leading to Oneonta’s first goal being scored off a penalty kick by Scott Cebollero in the seventh minute. Other than that goal, Oneonta was only held to two shots in the first half and were forced into a defensive game plan. Oneonta had eight fouls called against them in the first half alone, which is a season high for them in a single half.
Continuing into the second half, Oneonta got their offense going and wailed on Fredonia’s keeper with eleven shots in the second half. However, they were only able to produce one more goal late in the game in the eighty-seventh minute by Whitman Hernandez. Tensions began to rise as the game came to a close with one of Fredonia’s players receiving a red card in the eighty ninth minute. It was quite the battle for Oneonta, but they managed to get the win 2-0 before moving onto their next game that Saturday.
The next game on Oneonta’s schedule was against Buffalo State. This game, much like their game on Friday, was a grind. The fact that each team had over eighteen fouls at the end of regulation should paint a picture of how physical this game was. At the end of regulation, the game was tied 0-0, so the teams suited up for overtime which consists of two fifteen-minute periods. At the end of the first period, Matt Howe scored for Oneonta to put them ahead 1-0, which would remain the score until the end of overtime. This brings the Oneonta Men’s overall record to 10-1 (3-0 in SUNYAC conference games). This weekend they will again be going on the road again, this time to face off against SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland.
The Oneonta Women’s team had mixed results last weekend, winning against Fredonia but losing to Buffalo State. Against Fredonia, the Red Dragons were in top form. They commanded possession of the ball and had plenty of shots on goal. Their defense also played a fantastic game, holding Fredonia to only three shots. Oneonta was able to get on the board in the beginning of the second half off a goal from Christina Kornfeld via a pass from Abby Ousouljoglou. While Oneonta had plenty more opportunities to score, they never ended up finding the back of the net, leaving the final score of the game 1-0.
On Saturday, the Women’s team faced off against the formidable Buffalo State team. It was a tough match that went back and fourth all the way until the end. Oneonta started out strong, scoring the go-ahead goal in the thirty second minute off a header from a corner kick by Grace Syron. Oneonta managed to hold onto their lead until halftime, but after the half, Buffalo managed to rally back. In the sixty-seventh minute, Erin Valente scored a goal by chipping it over the Oneonta keeper’s head. They kept up the momentum, scoring again in the seventieth minute off a corner kick that was finished by Emma Boccolucci. The game ended with a score of 2-1. This brings the Red Dragons overall record to 4-3-3 (3-1 in SUNYAC conference). They will be hosting SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland this weekend at Red Dragon field so be sure to come on by and show your support for Red Dragon Sports!