Oneonta State drops PSU-Behrend
Red Dragons scored early and often with a 3-0 first half run
ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Oneonta State moved on after a 4-0 victory against Penn State-Behrend in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. With the victory, Oneonta (16-2-2) advanced to the sectional round of the NCAA tournament.
Oneonta opened the scoring in the 10th minute of the match on a play set up by junior Eric Fortier. Fortier maneuvered around a couple of defenders off the right flank and sent a pass to a wide open Jeff Christian in the middle of the field. Christian settled the pass and fired a shot that went over the goalkeeper's head, but under the cross bar for the 1-0 lead. The goal was Christian's first of the season.
Eight minutes later it was Fortier who was in the right place on a corner kick. Senior Nicholas Lange serviced the ball into the box, which junior Alex Shkreli flicked to Fortier, who then finished the play with a header of his own. For Fortier, it was his team-leading 12th goal of the season.
The Red Dragons capped the first half scoring in the 44th minute when Dan Josepher stepped up and converted a penalty kick. The kick was called after Addison Straub was fouled in the box by a Penn State defender.
“This was a great performance for us,” Oneonta head coach Iain Byrne said. “Back to back games can be grueling but we managed to start fast and control most of the first half into a strong wind.”
Oneonta controlled the tempo in the second half and used its ball control style of play to use the clock to shorten the game. In the 76th minute, senior Jonathan Kowalski added a final goal for Oneonta. Kowalski was able to collect a loose ball that rolled across the box before putting a ball inside the right post.
Coach Byrne said, “We got our goals at the right times and that took the pressure off us and we could possess the ball for the second half. They are a good team and make it hard with their work rate, but our quality in the attacking third has been the key for us this season.”
“Our goal as freshman was to win the SUNYAC and make the NCAA tournament,” senior Raymond Fitzpatrick said. “In four years we have come together and now we have our sights set on San Antonio. I couldn't ask for anything more in my final year.”