The Daily Star
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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.
New Paltz 4, O-State 3@DS | Breakhead:
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.
New Paltz’s Danielle Conklin made it 3-2 five minutes later, then assisted Link for a 4-2 lead in the 65th minute.
Morgan capped the scoring with 1:57 left for Oneonta, which received a first-half goal from Suzanne Wright.
The Red Dragons host Utica College for a non-conference game Wednesday.
Oneonta State rallied for a five-set victory over host New Paltz to earn a first-day split during the final SUNYAC East Pool Play weekend.
The Red Dragons (17-11, 2-4), who opened with a 3-0 loss to Cortland, can clinch the final East Division spot for the SUNYAC Tournament in November with victories over Potsdam and Plattsburgh on Saturday.
O-State’s Kacy Boburka had 11 kills and Kristina Pelaccio contributed 11 digs against Cortland.
Boburka followed with 20 kills against New Paltz, which held a 2-1 lead before dropping the last two games, 26-24, 15-12.
Erica Darpino had 14 kills and two blocks for the Red Dragons, who received 26 assists and 20 digs from Brittany Calvello, 25 digs from Pelaccio, and 22 assists from Becca Horton.
Delhi 3, HV 1
Victoria Baxendale had 41 assists to lead SUNY Delhi to a 25-13, 25-16, 24-26, 25-18 Mountain Valley Conference road victory in the Broncos’ regular-season finale Wednesday.
Emily Miller contributed 15 kills and four blocks for Delhi (10-18, 3-3), which received 13 kills and three blocks from Hailie Chandler, eight kills and seven digs from Raven Worthing, and six kills from Shelby Trimboli.
Hartwick Fast 5K
Oneonta State swept the host of the Hartwick College Fast Course 5K as the Red Dragons men won, 17-44, and their women emerged with a 20-40 victory at Elmore Field.
Donato Geraci won the men’s race in 16:01 for O-State, which got a second-place women’s finish from Marisa Hitchcock in 19:17. Both runners are sophomore transfers.
Hartwick’s Monica Prager edged Hitchcock at the finish line for the women’s victory.
John Stuilgross paced Hartwick’s men with a fourth in 16:14.
O-State will compete in the SUNYAC Championships at Fredonia on Oct. 27, when Hartwick will run in the Empire 8 Conference Championships.