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Fredonia State put up a solid effort but had nothing to show for it Saturday on the second day of the Clarion Hotel Classic at University Stadium.
The Blue Devils fell to 0-5 with a 3-1 loss to tournament runner-up John Carroll despite advantages in shots (21-12) and corner kicks (11-2). A goal by John Grabowski at 55:05 was all the scoring the Blue Devils could muster.
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Fredonia State’s?Brett Wysocki, right, battles for the ball against a John Carroll player during Day 2 of the Clarion Hotel Classic at University Stadium on?Saturday.
Every time we suit up, I feel like this is our day and we will turn things around Fredonia State coach P.J. Gondek said. Its just one thing after another.
The Blue Streaks (4-1) wasted no time gaining the upper hand. Wycliffe Odhaimbo scored at 4:46 when he converted a rebound following a save by Fredonia State goalkeeper Bobby McGinnis. With the Blue Devils pressuring for a tying goal, John Carroll countered just before halftime and took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Corey Rider at 42:54.
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The Blue Streaks re-established their two-goal lead, 3-1, when Jeff Kosek delivered from the top of the box at 65:33.
McGinnis had two saves in the Blue Devil net while John Carroll's Matt DeMarchi was credited with three saves. Odhaimbo, Kosek, and Joe Ciacchi from John Carroll, and Grabowski and David Thoin of the Blue Devils were named to the all-tournament team.
Baldwin-Wallace earned the Classic title with a 5-1 victory over Buffalo State earlier Saturday. The Yellowjackets had a goal differential of plus-5 to John Carroll's plus-4. The Ohio Athletic Conference rivals were both 2-0 over the two days of Clarion Classic play.
B-W's Jeff Grater was named tournament most valuable player, while teammates Justin Peterson, Thomas Kramer and Tyler Leister were named to the all-tournament team. Buffalo State's all-tourney picks were Jon Commisso and Paul LaMancusa.
Blue Devils finish 1-1 in Clarion play
Fredonia State improved to 3-2 this season with a 4-1 victory Saturday over Penn State Behrend in the nightcap of the Clarion Hotel Soccer Classic at University Stadium.
Fredonia took a 2-0 lead on first-half goals by Catie Hale and Lindsay Putman. It was the first collegiate goal for each of the Blue Devils. Hale scored on a direct kick at 38:26 and then set up Putman at 44:27. Julia LaPolla upped the lead to 3-0 with an unassisted goal at 68:50 before the visiting Lions broke through.
"A big difference today was that we were able to take a lead into half time," said Coach Chris Case. "We didn't give up a whole lot tonight."
A goal by Lindsey Steinsdoefer from Kourtney Gasparovic ruined the shutout bid by Fredonia State goalkeeper Meaghan Meszaros at 85:54. The Blue Devils got the goal back, however, as Cecilia Roche completed the scoring at 86:16, her first collegiate goal as well.
"We had some young players come through for us and get some goals," Case recalled. "We were able to finish our chances that we were able to create in tonights game. We'll be able to take what we did tonight and build on that."
The Blue Devils had 19-12 advantage in shots while Meszaros was credited with four saves. "I think our defense was great again," added Case.
LaPolla and Lyz Dembrow represented the Blue Devils on the all-tournament team. Kelly Thill and Caitlyn Elser were chosen from Penn State Behrend, which dropped to 2-3.
University of Rochester (6-1) won the Classic with a 6-3 victory over Baldwin-Wallace (3-3) earlier in the day. Rochester's Ellen Coleman was chosen tournament most valuable player; she had five goals in two games. Joining her on the all-tournament team were teammates Bridgette Varin, Meaghan Magee and Kirsten Ross. Baldwin-Wallace's all-tourney choices were Lindsey Cooper and Bucky Gammiere.