Visiting Hartwick College opened the scoring Sunday but failed to stay ahead in a 2-1 Mid-American Conference men’s soccer loss to Western Michigan.
Marc Russell scored in the 18th minute – off a double-assist from Russell Oost-Lievense and Tim Crawford – to give the Hawks the early lead.
Cleyon Brown played a ball from the corner back to Oost-Lievense roughly 30 yards from goal. He served the ball into the box to Crawford, who found Russell in front.
Russell took a touch and beat WVU keeper Sean Lewis to the lower-left side for his fourth goal of the season. Oost-Lievense earned his team-best fifth assist of the fall for Hartwick (4-8-2, 1-3), which gave up two second-half goals in less than 10 minutes.
WMU’s Jason Grant tied it by driving a shot into the Hartwick box in the 65th minute. The ball skimmed off a Hartwick defender’s head and past goalie Tom Buckner.
Shane Lyons then converted a penalty kick with 15:10 left. His shot followed a Hartwick penalty during a scrum inside the box.
“It was disappointing to concede the goals that we did,” Hartwick coach John Scott said. “But we responded very well after their second goal. We took the game right at them as we tried to get level. We just couldn’t convert.”
The Hawks host third-ranked Akron at 3 p.m. Saturday on Elmore Field.
O-State 5, Buffalo State 0
Host Oneonta State secured a bye in the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament, earning the No. 2 seed with a rout of Buffalo State on Saturday.
Plattsburgh clinched the top seed for the SUNYACs with a 2-1 overtime defeat of Brockport on Saturday. Oneonta and Plattsburgh each finished at 7-2 in SUNYAC play, but the Red Dragons (11-5-1) lost out on the top seed because of a head-to-head loss earlier in the season.