Colin Maruscsak, Staff Writer
It was a hard-fought week for the Oneonta Women’s Soccer team. The team traveled to Saratoga Springs to face off against the Skidmore Thoroughbreds last Saturday Sept. 21. Skidmore started the scoring in the thirty-eighth minute with Vanessa Eljaiek scoring off a cross from her teammate Yasmine Boukari. Skidmore kept up the pressure with nine shots during the first half, while their goalie saved four shot attempts by the Red Dragons. Despite this, the Red Dragons did not let the Thoroughbreds race ahead of them, having ten shots of their own during the first half.
In the second half, Oneonta showed their spirit by putting up ten shots against Skidmore’s keeper, finally breaking through in the eighty-fourth minute off the foot of Christina Kornfeld. At the end of regulation, the score was knotted at one, forcing the teams to play two fifteen-minute overtime periods. Neither team was able to score, and the game ended in a tie. The Women’s team will look to get a win this weekend in their first State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game against SUNY New Paltz.
The Oneonta Men’s Soccer team flexed their muscles against Rochester Institute of Technology this past weekend, soundly winning 3-1 against the Tigers. Oneonta showed their skills early, scoring in the sixth minute with a run down the center of the box by Jeremy Pantoni. However, the Tigers didn’t leave this goal unanswered, scoring from fifteen-yards out off the boot of Nick Simone. After this goal, the first half was relatively tame and the teams headed in to halftime tied at one.
Oneonta came back with fire in the second half, scoring in the sixty-seventh minute. Tristan Battisoni scored off a penalty which was perfectly placed to slip past the Tigers keeper. While the Red Dragons played aggressively, this may have hurt them as they received four yellow cards in the second half. Fortunately for the Red Dragons, the Tigers were not able to score even with the large number of fouls committed. Oneonta finished off the game with one last goal in the eighty-eighth minute by Witman Hernandez while the goalie was off his line. The Red Dragons won 3-1 and will look to carry this energy into their game this weekend in their SUNYAC conference opener against SUNY New Paltz at home on Red Dragon Field.
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