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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.
Jason Ruivo scored his first goal of the season for Oneonta, as did Ryan Young and Jake Sutherland. Colin Volpe and Mitchell Cain also scored for the defending SUNYAC champion Red Dragons, who will play a tournament game at 11 a.m. Oct. 31.
LBC 2, Cobleskill 1
Mark Gaetano converted a penalty kick late in the first half, but SUNY Cobleskill (3-12-1, 2-7) dropped a North Eastern Athletic Conference game Saturday.
Cooperstown graduate Mack Curran stopped seven shots in goal for the Fighting Tigers.
Hartwick 1, Utica 0
Hartwick’s Emily Thorndike scored off a thrown-in from Stephanie Morini late in the second half as the Hawks earned an Empire 8 Conference victory Saturday at Elmore Field.
Hope Brown had no saves in the shutout for the Hawks (6-8-1, 3-3-1), who play a non-conference game at SUNYIT tonight.
O-State 3, Buffalo State 1
Kayla Brantmeyer scored twice Saturday to lead visiting Oneonta State (11-5-1, 7-2) to a SUNYAC victory and a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.
Brockport defeated Plattsburgh on Saturday to earn the top seed.
Elise Moinzadeh also scored for Oneonta, which fell, 1-0, to Fredonia on Friday.
O-State visits Ithaca for a non-conference game at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Red Dragons will then host a SUNYAC Tournament semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
Delhi 1, TCCC 0
Oneonta High graduate Roxy Harrison scored her first college goal to lead host SUNY Delhi to victory over Tompkins Cortland Community College in a NJCAA Division sub-regional Saturday.
Freshman Harrison’s goal came with 22 minutes left in the first half. She ran onto a crossing pass from Sarah Stone and one-touched into the goal from 6 yards.
Fifth-seeded Delhi (10-5-1) held a 24-4 advantage in shots.
The Bulldogs will travel to play fourth-seeded Broome at 3 p.m. Tuesday in a regional quarterfinal. The Hornets beat Delhi, 3-1, last week.
Oswego 8, Cobleskill 0
Five players scored for Oswego in a NEAC rout of Cobleskill (3-13) on Sunday.
Bethany Reynolds made 17 saves for the Fighting Tigers, who dropped a 7-0 decision to visiting Lancaster Bible College on Saturday.
Utica 43, Hartwick 7
Utica senior quarterback Andrew Benkwitt threw for 324 yards and four touchdowns as Hartwick dropped an Empire 8 Conference game at home Saturday.
The Pioneers (5-2, 3-1) scored 20 points in the final quarter as Hartwick fell to 3-4 and 0-4 in conference play.
Freshman running back Joseph Rosiecki ran for 53 yards on 10 carries and classmate Tanner Williams made six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown for Hartwick. Junior quarterback Keegan Corbett threw for 191 yards and a score on 15 of 28 passing.
The Hawks’ defense, which entered the game ranked in the national top 10 in sacks, had four more Saturday. Bryan Schweitzer, Jim DeRosa and Joe Seney had one apiece. Richie DiVirgilio and Justin Salvione combined on another.
Freshman defensive back Dante Crump tied Jared Morrow for the game-high honors in tackles with 11.
The Pioneers amassed 582 yards of offense and scored on eight of its first 11 possessions. UC threw for 363 yards and ran for another 219. The Hawks finished with 215 yards of total offense.
Hartwick visits Buffalo State this Saturday.
Nazareth 4, Hartwick 3, OT
Kelsey Kimble scored twice and assisted on a third goal Saturday, but Hartwick (6-9, 3-3) dropped an Empire 8 home game in overtime.
Kimble tied the score at 1 early in the first half and set up the go-ahead goal in the 22nd minute, when Megan Sweeney scored into an open cage.
Kimble’s second goal of the game came with less than 23 minutes left in regulation.
Cathy Stahl beat Hartwick goalkeeper Megan Campbell on a penalty-corner situation for the win in OT.
The Hawks play 14th-ranked Skidmore on Wednesday.