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November 18, 2013

Oneonta State soccer programs exit NCAAs

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Oneonta State gave up a goal in the 33rd minute Sunday and failed to recover as third-ranked host William Smith College earned a 1-0 women’s soccer victory in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Red Dragons advanced to the second round with a 1-0 defeat of Farmingdale State on Saturday, when Oneonta State’s men dropped out of their NCAA D-III Tournament with a 2-0 loss to Oberlin College.

The Herons took advantage of an Oneonta miscue to set up the decisive goal in Sunday’s second-round NCAA women’s game.

Red Dragons goalie Rori Stark drew a whistle when she handled a backwards pass from a defender, giving William Smith an indirect free kick inside the 6-yard box. Shay Callahan then passed to the top of the box, where MaryClaire Pelletier beat Stark to the top-left corner for a 1-0 lead 32:45 into the match.

The Herons (19-1) also beat Stark earlier in the game, but an offsides call erased the goal.

Elise Moinzadeh just missed tying the score with 23:21 left. After racing into the box with a half-step on a defender, Moinzadeh sent a shot from the middle into the side netting of the left post.

Stark made five saves for the Red Dragons (13-5-3), who also had two defensive saves.

Chelsea Dunay stopped two shots for the Herons, who earned their 17th shutout of the season.

William Smith, which advanced to the second round with a 5-0 rout of Cabrini on Saturday, finished with advantages of 20-3 in shots and 6-3 in corner kicks.

O-State fell to 1-4-1 against the Herons over the past decade. The Red Dragons also fell, 2-1, to William Smith in the third round of the 2010 NCAA D-III Tournament.

O-State 1, Farmingdale 0

Jessica Lyden scored in the 62nd minute Saturday to lead Oneonta State to a first-round victory in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Red Dragons scored on one of their 11 corner-kick opportunities. Amanda Regensburger served a bender from the right corner that was punched out by Rams’ keeper Breanna Blair. The ball landed at the feet of Lyden, who scored from 8 yards for her sixth goal of the season.

The Rams (13-10) threatened to tie it on a shot by Mary Armstrong in the 88th minute, but Stark pushed the ball into the crossbar before her defense cleared it.

Stark finished with four saves — three fewer than Blair — for the Red Dragons, who finished with advantages of 12-5 in shots and 11-3 in corner kicks.

MEN’S SOCCER

Oberlin 2, O-State 0

Oneonta State’s season ended Saturday at the University of Rochester with a first-round loss in the NCAA Division III Tournament as Oberlin received second-half goals from John Ingham and Nick Wertman to advance.

Ingham opened the scoring in the 66th minute with a penalty kick that resulted from a handball inside the box.

Sam Winward sent a header off a corner kick toward the top-left corner of Oneonta’s goal, narrowly beating Oneonta goalie Daniel DeBottis. O-State’s Mitchell Cain then used his hands to block the ball, drawing a red card and setting up the first-time NCAA qualifier Yeomen (14-3-4) for a penalty kick in the process.

Ingham then beat DeBottis (three saves) at 65:14 to give Oberlin a 1-0 lead.

Wertman made it 2-0 in the 88th minute, scoring into the lower-left of Oneonta’s goal off a lateral pass from Ari Schwartz.

Brandt Rentel made 13 saves for the shutout as Oneonta (11-5-4) lost despite finishing with a 27-8 advantage in shots.

“This result kind of sums up our season,” O-State coach Ian Byrne said in a media release from the college. “We can’t put the ball in the net in a big game. It’s hard to believe we lost.”