Heartbreak Dominates SUCO’s SUNYACs

Justin Lovell, Sports Editor

   Oneonta fall sports hit a rough spot toward the end of the season this year. Only the men’s soccer team was able to win its SUNYAC tournament as the rest of Oneonta’s teams seasons ended in disappointment.

   Women’s Soccer: For the lady Red Dragons (12-7-1), they weren’t able to replicate the same success of the men’s team, as they fell in the SUNYAC championship game to Cortland (11-4-5), 2-1. Cortland started off the game fast, taking the lead just 3 minutes in on a Samantha Gardner goal. SUCO responded though in the 54th minute as Kayla Ceschini scored on a pass from Karly DeSimone to tie the game up. Unfortunately for Oneonta, they lost the lead in the 84th minute on a Kelly Knight strike from the top of the box. The Red Dragons couldn’t knot it up before time was called and the dreams of SUNYAC title were lost.

   Women’s Field Hockey: Just like the women’s soccer team, the field hockey teams hopes of a SUNYAC title were extinguished last Friday, as they were unable to overcome New Paltz in the SUNYAC semifinals. SUCO (12-7) lost to top seeded New Paltz (16-4), 3-1. Andrea Day scored the Red Dragons lone goal, which cut the lead to 2-1 at the time, but New Paltz pulled away in the 70th minute to ensure their victory. New Paltz went on to win SUNYAC’s and are now in the D3 NCAA championships, as Oneonta sits at home and thinks about what could have been.

   Women’s Volleyball: The volleyball team, much like the soccer and field hockey teams, had their season end in disappointment this past weekend in Buffalo. Oneonta was up against Potsdam Friday, but lost a close match 3-1. Potsdam took the first set, however, SUCO came back to win the second, 25-20. Potsdam responded to win the third and finally closed out the match in a narrow forth set, 28-26. The loss was a heartbreaker for the Red Dragons as they were close to their goal but unable to reach it.

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