Devils volleyball team wins at Oswego tourney
OSWEGO — The Fredonia women’s volleyball team defeated Oneonta, 3-1, on the first day of pool play at Oswego’s tournament on Friday. Fredonia dropped the first set 16-25, before rallying in the last three, 25-18, 25-17, and 25-20.
Kristen Stanek led the Devils with 22 kills, and Kailey Falk added 11 kills. Emma Falk had eight kills. Rachel Aiello had six of the Devils’ 14 service aces.
Selena Brown paced the defense with six blocks. Falk had 15 digs while Courtney Poirer had 14.
The Devils improved to 11-7 overall and 3-1 in the SUNYAC. They take on Potsdam today at noon before playing the host Oswego Lakers at 2:30.
Cortland edges Fredonia, 2-1
CORTLAND — Fredonia scored first but was unable to hold off Cortland in SUNYAC women’s soccer Friday afternoon.
Erin Valente scored off a loose ball in front of the net in the 79th minute as the Red Dragons eked out a 2-1 win over the Blue Devils.
Aleeya Clemons gave the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute. Erin Pratt sent a long pass from near midfield toward Cortland’s 18-yard box. Clemons collected the ball in stride, dribbled a few yards and sent a shot off Cortland goalkeeper Danika Svenden’s hand and inside the right post.
It was the ninth goal of the season for Clemons, the most by a Blue Devil since Katie Kleine and Reilly Condidorio had nine each during the 2012 season.
The Red Dragons pressed right from the start of the second half, coming through with the game-tying goal just 1:16 into the period. Romero controlled a loose ball deep on the left side of the box, beat Fredonia goalkeeper Marissa Quimby one-on-one and tucked a shot into the open goal. Ten minutes later, Romero nearly struck again, but Quimby made a diving save on her shot from the left side.
Valente’s game-winning goal began off a Cortland corner kick, Fredonia attempted to clear the ball away, but Valente one-timed a shot from the middle of the box on a loose ball that went to the upper right of the goal. The Blue Devils managed just one shot the remainder of the game with Abby Miller making a routine save. She entered as goalkeeper at the start of the second half.
The Blue Devils take a 6-7-0 overall record and 2-2-0 SUNYAC mark into Oswego for a 1 p.m. game today vs. the Lakers.
Red Dragons dominate Blue Devils
Nationally ranked Cortland continued its dominance of SUNYAC men’s soccer with an 8-1 victory Friday afternoon over the Fredonia Blue Devils.
Matt Aprile and Migell Ormsby had two goals each while Mc’Cain Springling, Jake Kaufman, Sam Fuller and Bronson Harris had one goal each for the Red Dragons, No. 6 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll. Pa Lu scored for Fredonia.
Cortland improved to 11-1 in the conference and 5-0 in the SUNYAC. Fredonia dropped to 6-5-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the conference.
The Blue Devils had three starters out because of injury. They are back at home vs. Oswego at 1 p.m. today.
“When you play a Top 10 team in the country,” Fredonia head coach P.J. Gondek said, “you really need experience. … The starting lineup consisted of two seniors, a junior, five sophomores, and three freshmen — not a remedy for success in the SUNYAC. But tomorrow is another day. If we can get three points, we can stay in contention.”