SUNY Oneonta took home the 2019 SUNYAC championship after defeating SUNY Plattsburgh, 1-0, Saturday Nov. 9 at Red Dragon Field.
Witman Hernandez, the Red Dragon’s all-time career points leader, scored the only goal of the game in the second half to send O-State to the NCAA tournament.
“Chris had Plattsburgh really organized today,” coach Iain Byrne said in a media release. “The first half was a bit cagey but in the second half we created enough chances and you know Witman will eventually finish one off.
“On another note, I thought we were really solid in the back,” Byrne continued. “That group just keeps getting better with every game.”
Hernandez scored his 23rd goal of the season after taking a pass from Tristan Battistoni along the right side of the box and sending a hard shot on goal that the Cardinals keeper could not handle. The goal was scored in the 54th minute, securing Hernandez’s spot as the tournament’s most valuable player.
The Red Dragons recorded 12 shots and six corners while Plattsburgh finished with six shots and three corners.
Nate Hanna did not have to make any saves in goal for O-State.
Oneonta (17-2-0) will host* Babson College in the first round of the NCAA tournament at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. A win would give the Red Dragons another home game Sunday in the second round.
Utica 1, Hartwick 0
A late goal from Utica’s Sydney Cook sank Hartwick on Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Empire 8 women’s soccer final.
The No. 2 Hawks outshot the fourth-seeded Pioneers 12-1, but could not find the back of the net in their season-ending loss.
Utica goalie Allison Wagner made seven saves in the upset win for the Pioneers.
Cook’s goal came in the 81st minute following a pass from Madison Blumenstock on the left side that Hartwick keeper Cassandra Robataille was out of position to stop.
Gabrielle Kreppein had six of Hartwick’s 12 total shots while Tanner Reed (Unadilla Central) and Courtney Velho each had two.
Robataille posted no saves in her last collegiate game.
Utica advances to the NCAA tournament with the win.
The loss marks the fourth consecutive season the Hawks’ season has ended in the Empire 8 tournament.
Hartwick 2, Nazareth 1
Hartwick scored two unanswered goals to claim its first Empire 8 field hockey title since 2005, Saturday, Nov. 9.
Brooke Singer and Allyson Quirk potted the goals for the second-seeded Hawks after Nazareth took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
The strikes came less than two minutes apart as Singer scored at 35:00 while Quirk’s goal came at 36:51. Singer’s goal was an unassisted marker, but Katie Meuse earned the primary assist for Quirk’s goal.
The Hawks led in shots 14-6 as well as corners, 6-5.
Hartwick goalie Allyson Osborne concluded the match with two saves. Amanda Chuttey made five saves for Nazareth.
The win sends the Hawks to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years.
Hartwick (13-6) will visit No. 7 Franklin and Marshall at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.
*Corrected to replace an incorrect location for Saturday's match.