SUNY Oneonta freshman Denis Fleming notched a pair of goals to lead the Red Dragons to a season-opening 2-1 victory over Rutgers-Newark on Friday at Red Dragon Field.
Tied at one in the second half, Fleming’s second strike was the difference as the freshman made it two goals on his debut by winning the ball in the box and sending a left-footed shot past Rutgers-Newark goalkeeper Andres Medina.
“That’s a good start for us,” Oneonta Coach Iain Byrne said in a media release.
“We were lively throughout the first half and created numerous chances. We knew Rutgers would come back, but we just managed to do enough to see out the game.”
Oneonta outshot the visiting Scarlet Raiders, 14-5, in the first half, but had to wait until the 42nd minute to break the tie. Senior Witman Hernandez freed himself from a defender inside the box before sliding a pass across to Fleming, who finished with one touch.
Play evened out in the second half as Rutgers took six shots in the second half and allowed O-State eight.
The Red Dragons finished with a 22-11 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in corners. Hernandez took seven shots to pace the O-State offense.
Francesco Scotti earned the win in net for the Red Dragons, making six saves.
Oneonta (1-0) hosts Farmingdale on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Potsdam 3, SUNY Delhi 0
Potsdam scored twice in the first six minutes of a win over SUNY Delhi in the season opener for both squads.
Jeffrey Schulz started the scoring for the visiting Bears after 128 seconds, taking an assist from Justin Crovetto.
Alejandro Callejas was on target for Potsdam three minutes later, doubling the deficit with an assist from Teddy Bruschini.
Despite trailing by two at the break, the Broncos owned a 7-5 advantage in shots at halftime.
The deficit reached three 13 minutes into the second half as Callejas scored his second of the day, an unassisted goal with 32:17 left.
The teams tied, 11-11, in shots, but Potsdam owned the corner count, 6-5.
Corey O’Toole made four saves for Delhi, while Conor Callan stopped five shots for Potsdam.
The Broncos (0-1) visit Utica on Sunday at 1 p.m.
SUNY Delhi 2, Alfred St. 2
SUNY Delhi junior and South Kortright alumna Alexa DuBois scored the equalizing goal as the Broncos overcame a two-goal deficit in the second half to earn a tie against Alfred St. in the season opener for both teams.
Alfred St. took a two-goal lead eight minutes after halftime, but the Broncos cut the deficit to one three minutes later as Sydney Tuysuzian fed A’mya Joseph for Delhi’s first goal of the season.
DuBois’ tally came with just less than five minutes to play, scoring an assist by Micayla Slattery to complete the comeback.
Two scoreless periods of overtime produced just one shot.
The teams each attempted 13 shots, with Delhi holding an 11-7 edge in corners.
Laura Mecca made six stops for Alfred St., while Jessica Shultis made four saves and Rachael Scoones recorded two for the Broncos.
Delhi (0-0-1) hosts SUNY Poly on Sunday at 12 p.m.
Hartwick 1, Keuka 0
Tanner Reed scored the game’s only goal as Hartwick kicked off the 2019 slate with a shutout victory over Keuka College on Friday at Elmore Field.
Reed’s tally came in the 85th minute following a cross from Katie Ziniti.
The Hawks finished with 14 shots, seven of them on goal, while the Wolves managed just five shots.
Cassandra Robataille turned aside two shots to earn her first win in goal for Hartwick. Keuka keeper Jessica Pegg made six saves.
Hartwick (1-0) is back in action against Morrisville on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Misericordia 3, SUNY Oneonta 0
The Red Dragons couldn’t muster much offense in their season-opening loss to Misericordia on Friday at All College Field.
Kendall Pearage paced the Cougars with a pair of goals and an assist to round out a three-point performance. Zoee Farr was the other goalscorer for Misericordia with an insurance strike in the 49th minute.
Christina Kornfeld finished with five shots for O-State in the defeat.
Misericordia led 16-9 in shots, but the Red Dragons held a 2-1 advantage in corners.
The Red Dragons (0-1) host Clarkson on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Red Dragon Field.