Clemons nets hat trick in win over Bengals

Special to the OBSERVER

Fredonia junior forward Aleeya Clemons scored three goals, each on passes from senior midfielder Audrey Yokopovich, to lead the Blue Devils to a 3-1 SUNYAC women’s soccer win over Buffalo State.

Clemons netted the goals in the 15th, 38th, and 60th minutes on similar-looking plays — long runs after through balls into open space. Fredonia freshman goalkeeper Marissa Quimby made three saves as the Blue Devils improved to 5-6-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the SUNYAC. Buffalo State fell to 2-7-1 and 0-3-0.

The first goal began with a high clearing kick by a Buffalo State player. Yokopovich headed the ball in the midfield to Clemons, who scored from a wide angle after splitting two defenders and sidestepping Buffalo State goalkeeper Nicole Torres, who had come far off her line to challenge.

The second and third goals were almost identical. Each was put into motion on through balls from Yokopovich. Both times, Clemons sprinted past defenders and beat Torres and, later, substitute goalkeeper Taylor Carillo. The three goals give Clemons seven this season, one more than the combined total of last season’s top three Blue Devils.

Buffalo State’s Lindsay Mahoney broke Quimby’s shutout bid in the 86th minute off a scrum for a loose ball bounced around in the box.

Fredonia is back in action at 5 p.m. Tuesday vs. Elmira at University Stadium.

MEN’S SOCCER

BUFFALO — Fredonia rallied to earn a 1-1 tie with Buffalo State in SUNYAC men’s soccer Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Ross converted a 2-on-1 breakaway early in the 58th minute on a pass from Matt Belardi. It was the team-leading fourth goal of the season for Ross and came just under two minutes after Buffalo State had taken a 1-0 lead.

Fredonia sophomore goalkeeper Ty Bentham made nine saves. The Blue Devils finished the day at 5-4-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the SUNYAC.

“It was a gutsy effort today by our guys,” Fredonia head coach P.J. Gondek said. “We were hoping for three points and had chances to win it but, in the end, it (the tie) is something positive to build on. It was a battle out there, like most SUNYAC games, and we were up to the challenge.”

Each team earned one point for its school in the season-long Battle By The Lake. Fredonia leads the current standings, 5-1.

Fredonia plays its final non-conference regular season game Tuesday when Alfred visits University Stadium at 7 p.m. The Blue Devil women are also in action 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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