Fredonia State ended its men's soccer season Tuesday with a 3-2 win over the Hobart Statesmen.
The win left the Blue Devils with a 4-13-2 record. They failed to qualify for the SUNYAC Tournament.
"They are a pretty highly rated team in our region," Fredonia State coach P.J. Gondek said of Hobart. "I can't explain how we played so well tonight and got three goals. We couldn't buy a goal all weekend. It's a crazy game. It just goes to show we should be a playoff team and we aren't. We decided to play our younger guys. We went with next year's team and played pretty darn good. Not to take anything away from the seniors. That was one of our best games of the year - easily our best win of the year."
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Fredonia State’s Barry Hunt clears the ball during a men’s college soccer game at University Stadium.
Luke Tylutki (Pittsford), Patrick Schuber (Webster), and Jay Dry (Lockport) scored for the Blue Devils. Schuber also had two assists.
Caetano Sanchez and Jacob Fox had the Hobart goals. Sanchez was also credited with an assist.
The Blue Devils were outshot 30-7 and goalkeeper Mike Schreiner (Spencerport) was called on to make 11 saves.
Sanchez opened the scoring at 21:48 when he received a pass from Alex Kittelberger, settled the ball, and chipped a shot into the open right side.
The teams combined for three goals in a span of six minutes early in the second half.
Tylutki scored his first goal of the season to forge a 1-1 tie at 53:46. It came after passes by David Nichols (Fredonia) and Schuber.
The Statesmen regained the lead, 2-1, when Fox chipped the ball over Schreiner, who had fallen after he came off his line, at 59:42.
Following the ensuing re-start, Schuber dribbled from midfield through two defenders and struck a left-footer past Hobart goalkeeper Mike Lucas at 59:27.
Dry scored the game-winning goal - his third of the season - when he received a through ball from Schuber after Schuber received a through ball from Mike Biggane (Amherst). Dry's shot from the left wing beat Lucas at 78:36.
"This game, I don't think people expected much," Gondek said. "Hobart was in consideration for an at-large bid and they needed this win. No one was expecting this outcome. I just hope we can take what we did tonight and build on it into next season.
"I want to mention the seniors," Gondek concluded. "Their contributions are noted. They have been special to our program. I wish we could have done more. We thank them for their effort."
Devils deal Cards a loss
The Fredonia State women's volleyball team defeated St. John Fisher, 3-0, in Dods Hall on Tuesday. It was the Devils' seventh win in their last eight matches.
Fredonia State improved to 17-13 overall winning by set scores of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-17. Fisher drops to 6-19.
Senior Lindsey Olson (Portville) led the Devil offense with nine kills. Freshman Jessica DiChristopher (Cheektowaga) added eight kills in 12 attempts. Freshman setter Kelly Edinger (Rochester) had 26 assists.
Freshman Paulina Rein (Baldwinsville) led the defense with 15 digs, while DiChristopher had four blocks. Fellow freshman Lauren Hokaj (Lancaster) had nine digs and a pair of service aces.
Fisher was led by Rachael Kline with six kills. Erica Stickler had 11 assists.
The Devils travel to Daemen on Thursday for a 7 p.m. match.
Devils, RIT play to 1-1 deadlock
Fredonia State women's soccer concluded its regular season Tuesday by tying Rochester Institute of Technology, 1-1, at University Stadium.
The Blue Devils tied the game at 70:25 on a header by Katie Kleine (Cazenovia), assisted by Madison Brown (Wheatfield).
Kleine nearly won the game for the Blue Devils when she launched a 30-yard shot off the right goalpost with three minutes left in the second overtime.
Quincey Ornellas accounted for the R.I.T. goal, from Jackie Jacobson, at 11:36.
"I thought RIT outplayed us in most of the first half," Fredonia State coach Chris Case said. "They took it to us and we didn't have the same level to our game in the first half."
Meaghan Meszaros (Selden) was credited with six saves, including two diving stops late in the second half. Amanda Murray made nine saves for the Tigers (10-5-1)
"RIT had some golden chances to score at the end of regulation," Case said. "They just didn't do it. I don't know how they missed. We were lucky."
The game was a final preparation for the Blue Devils (12-3-2), who'll meet New Paltz in a SUNYAC Tournament first-round game 1 p.m. Saturday at University Stadium.
"They are very good," Case said of RIT. "That's what we look for out of this game. As we prepare for the SUNYAC playoffs, we wanted a nice, tough challenge to keep us on our toes. Thats what RIT did for us tonight."