Special to the OBSERVER
Nationally ranked William Smith exploded for five second-half goals to roll over Fredonia State, 6-0, in a steady rain Saturday afternoon.
"They are an extremely good team and I thought we played well in the first half," Fredonia coach Chris Case said. "We defended well and made it tough for them to get off shots. I was very pleased with our first-half effort."
Krista Longo and Caitlyn Mitchell had two goals each for the Herons (5-1-0), who are No. 6 in the latest NCAA Division III poll. MaryClaire Pelletier and Lauren Randaccio had one goal each.
Fredonia State managed four shots, two of them on goal - one each by Kristie Kleine and Jordyn Ruston. At the other end, goalkeeper Hannah McGlinchey made six saves.
Ruston, Kleine, and McGlinchey are freshmen.
The Blue Devils (1-4-1) played from a defensive posture in the first half, and held the Herons to just one goal. It came on a penalty kick by Pelletier in the 27th minute.
Any hopes of a repeat upset vanished in the second half. Longo scored in the 50th and 63rd minutes to up the William Smith lead to 3-0. Randaccio made it 4-0 in the 66th minute. Mitchell closed out the scoring with goals in the 74th and 85th minutes.
"Overall we had to defend a lot but we also defended well," Case said. "We were very organized, which is something we haven't done well lately. Eventually we became too exhausted to keep competing at such a high level and that resulted in five second-half goals."
Two William Smith goalkeepers combined for the shutout, with Chelsea Dunay making two saves in 80:15 of playing time. Olivia Biles was not called on to make a save over the final 9:45.
The teams met last year at William Smith. The Herons were ranked No. 1 at the time before falling to the Blue Devils, 1-0.
Fredonia State enters SUNYAC play next weekend with a pair of home games - 4 p.m. Friday vs. Brockport, 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Geneseo.
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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio - The Fredonia State men's soccer team lost to John Carroll, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon.
The Blue Devils (3-5) had nine shots, two by Russell Catalano. Ryan Keller, Chase Lipshie and Luke Tylutki had one shot on goal each.
A.J. Grecco faced 17 shots and recorded seven saves.
Brian Potocnik led the Blue Streaks (5-1) with one goal and two assists. Trent Guy, Nathan Sharbaugh and Jay Miller scored one goal each.
Fredonia State travels to Brockport on Friday to begin SUNYAC play. Play is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Women's Cross Country
Foltz leads WXC
to second place at Houghton meet
HOUGHTON - Fredonia State finished second in a field of eight teams Saturday at the Houghton Highlander Invitational.
The Blue Devils recorded 66 team points to trail only Rochester Institute of Technology, which scored 50. Brockport was third with 93.
For the second straight meet, senior Kim Foltz was the Blue Devils' top finisher. She was third overall in 19:06 for five kilometers over the muddy Field of Dreams course. Foltz was also third last Saturday at the Penn State Behrend meet in 18:58.
Three other seniors were next - Anna Hourihan ninth in 19:38, Becca List 15th in 19:46, and Alissa Conti 19th in 19:52. Fredonia State's fifth runner was junior Amanda Cocchiara, 20th overall in 19:53. The sixth and seventh displacers were junior Emily Palmeri and freshman Alyssa Stroud.
There were 105 finishers.
"The women ran a very strong race," head coach Tom Wilson said. "They lost the meet merely by displacement. That's all it was."
Wilson plans to use a split squad next weekend at Roberts Wesleyan before taking the full team to the pre-regional meet in two weeks at Letchworth State Park.
Men's Cross Country
Men's XC wins second straight meet
HOUGHTON - Fredonia State men's cross country won its second straight meet by outlasting nine other teams Saturday at the Houghton Highlander Invitational.
The Blue Devils recorded 39 team points, Geneseo was second with 48, and Rochester Insitute of Technology third with 64 over the muddy eight-kilometer Field of Dreams course.
The Blue Devils also had 39 points while winning the Penn State Behrend meet last Saturday.
The first four Fredonia State men were separated by 18 seconds. Steve Whittemore, a senior, was third overall - in 26:39. He was followed by junior Zach Hess in fourth, with a time of 26:47; sophomore Collin Mulcahy fifth in 26:50; and junior Chris Shartrand ninth in 26:57.
The fifth scoring position went to sophomore Kyle Collins, 20th overall in 27:38. Fredonia State's sixth and seventh runners were junior Jed Kovalovsky and freshman Robert Cooper, 43rd and 46th, respectively.
"Two wins in a row by the men," head coach Tom Wilson said, "is a huge confidence booster."
Wilson plans on sending out a split squad next weekend at Roberts Wesleyan before sending the entire team to the NCAA Division III pre-regional Oct. 5 at Letchworth State Park.
Ohio split; Devils down Kenyon, fall to Hiram
HIRAM, Ohio - Fredonia State won one match and lost another Saturday in non-conference women's volleyball.
The Blue Devils (9-6) defeated Kenyon, 3-2, and then lost to Hiram, 3-1. Both matches were played at Hiram College.
The victory over Kenyon was a sea-saw struggle. Fredonia State lost the first set by six points, won the second by two, lost the third by four, then cruised to a 25-7 victory in the fourth set, and outlasted Kenyon 21-19 in the fifth set.
Sam Madison and Kelly Edinger had double-doubles for the Blue Devils. Madison had a team-high 15 kills, plus 12 digs, in addition to four block assists. Edinger was credited with 52 assists as well as 12 digs. She also had four total blocks.
Offensively, Paulina Rein and Kaitlin Orcutt had 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Defensively, Brittney Kelly had a team-high 21 digs.
The Blue Devils lost the first, third, and fourth sets against Hiram and won the second 25-23.
Edinger was credited with 36 assists. She also had nine digs, six blocks, and four kills.
In addition, Rein had 11 kills, Hannah Manning had nine, and Madison eight. Manning also had five service aces and five blocks, and Lauren Hokaj collected 18 digs.
Next up for the Blue Devils is the first round of SUNYAC Pool Play at Brockport next Friday and Saturday.