Oneonta State’s men seem serious about keeping the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament soccer championship at home.
Luke Halberg and Zef Saljanin had two goals apiece Friday as the Red Dragons cruised to a 7-0 SUNYAC rout of visiting Fredonia.
Oneonta State (10-5-1, 6-2) is looking to clinch the top seed and home-field advantage for the SUNYAC Tournament, which begins Oct. 20. The Red Dragons will need help, though, as Brockport and Plattsburgh are still in the mix.
Brockport and Plattsburgh meet Saturday. If there is a winner, that team will be the No. 1 seed for the SUNYAC Tournament. Should the teams tie, though, O-State can clinch the top spot with a victory over visiting Buffalo State on Saturday.
On Friday, Oneonta scored six times in the second half en route to its most goals in a single game since scoring 10 against SUNY Cobleskill on Sept. 1, 2009.
Halberg’s two goals gave him a team-best six for the season, and Saljanin scored his first two college goals.
Mitchell Cain, Colin Colpe and Eric Fortier each had one goal and one assist for the Red Dragons, who finished with advantages of 24-4 in shots and 7-1 in corner kicks.
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Oneonta State’s postseason fate took a hit with a SUNYAC loss at home as New Paltz (11-4, 4-1) clinched one of four berths for the conference tournament.
The tournament seedings will be announced after Saturday’s games. O-State (9-6, 3-3) still can qualify for the Nov. 2-3 tournament as the fourth seed, but only if Brockport loses to Oswego on Saturday. Brockport fell, 4-0, to Cortland on Friday.
The Red Dragons lost Friday despite finishing with advantages of 23-17 in shots and 11-4 in penalty corners.
The two teams were tied at 1 at halftime before Ashley Morgan put Oneonta ahead in the 41st minute. Lauren Link scored the equalizer in the 43rd minute, starting a three-goal run for the Hawks.