Colin Maruscsak, Staff Writer
The Oneonta Men’s soccer team had a fantastic weekend, winning both of their matchups handily against SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Plattsburgh. Last Friday, the Red Dragons hosted SUNY Potsdam in what ended up being a beatdown for the Bears. Oneonta won 9-1, putting up a whopping 23 shots in the first half alone. Potsdam only had one shot off a corner kick, which they managed to put in the back of the net, but it was only a drop of water compared to Oneonta’s sea of goals. The Red Dragons managed to end the game with 34 shots, 20 of which were on goal. Witman Hernandez and Giraldo Ritaccio both had two goals apiece, with this being Hernandez’s seventeenth and eighteenth goals of the season. However, this win was a team effort by Oneonta with Douglas Minogue, Matt Howe, Roberto Ventura, Nick Dilmann, and Dennis Flemming all having one goal.
The next day, the Men’s team hosted SUNY Plattsburgh at Red Dragon Field. Going into the match, both teams were 7-1 in the SUNYAC Conference, so both teams had a lot on the line going into this match. It was a fortunate win for Oneonta, as the score line did not accurately reflect the intensity that both teams played with. Hernandez had another two goals, bringing him up to 20 this season. Along with Hernandez’s goals, Jermey Pantoni had a goal in the eighty-third minute which resulted in the game ending in a score of 3-0. With that win, Oneonta has cemented their place at the top of the SUNYAC Conference. The SUNYAC Tournament Semifinals start on Nov. 6 so be sure to support your Red Dragons!
The Oneonta Women’s soccer team had mixed results this weekend. Their first match was on Friday at Potsdam. Both teams fought hard throughout regulation time. The game went back and forth with Potsdam taking an early lead with a goal in the twelfth minute. Oneonta wasn’t able to find the back of the net for the rest of the first half, with nine shots to their name. Come the second half, Oneonta came out strong with a goal from Joie Tortorice in the fifty-fifth minute. Soon after, in the fifty-seventh minute, Christina Kornfeld scored her eighth goal this season off a pass from teammate Kelsey Smith. Sadly, Oneonta wouldn’t find the back of the net for the remainder of the game while Potsdam tied it up in the seventy-third minute. With the score tied at two the teams headed for overtime, where the Bears would score and eventually win the game.
However, this loss did not bring Oneonta down, as they managed to strike back by getting a crucial victory against the Plattsburgh Women’s team last Saturday by a score of 3-2. Plattsburgh drew first blood, scoring in the fourth minute of the game. However, Tororice and the rest of the Red Dragons fired back quickly scoring in the sixth minute to tie the game back up. Kornfeld managed to give Oneonta the lead in the twenty-sixth minute. Going into the half, Oneonta lead 2-1. Plattsburgh managed to tie the game back up in the sixty-fifth minute, but Oneonta showed their might, scoring again in the sixty-ninth minute off the boot of Tortorice. With this win, Oneonta advances their record to 6-8-3 (4-5 in SUNYAC).
As with all Oneonta Sports, you can find game stats, schedules, rosters, and more online at oneontaatheltics.com.