Nov. 13, 2010

* Courtesy of SUNY-Oneonta Athletics

ONEONTA, N.Y. - The SUNY Oneonta women's soccer team scored two second half goals en route to ousting Rochester from the 2010 NCAA tournament this afternoon at Red Dragon Soccer Field. The win for Oneonta (17-4-2) moved them into the sectional round of the tournament for the first time since 2005. They will know when and where they are playing next weekend after the completion of the second round tomorrow afternoon. The NCAA will make the announcement later in the day tomorrow.

Today's match went end-to-end with both teams coming away with many scoring chances. In the end though, Oneonta was able to sneak two by the Rochester keeper to send the Red Dragons into the next round.

"Today was a great team effort," said Oneonta coach Liz McGrail. "Getting past the second round is a first for every player on this team. This team has worked extremely hard to get to this point."

The first dangerous opportunity for either team came in the fifth minute of the match. Rochester (12-5-3) senior Brittany Huber crossed a ball from the left flank that looked harmless, but ended up going through Oneonta keeper, Amy Lusby's hands. Fortunately for Oneonta, there was no one from the Yellowjackets on the receiving end to collect the loose ball.

Three minutes later Oneonta got its first real scoring chance when junior Dana DeSimone (Clifton Park) broke through the Rochester defense and got a low shot off that was deflected aside with a diving, right-handed save by Bridget Lang.

A couple minutes later sophomore Kayla Brantmeyer (Center Moriches) got a shot off from about 10 yards out that soared over the net.

Nothing doing for either team until the 19th minute when a foul was called just outside the box that gave Rochester a direct kick opportunity. Huber put a shot in on goal that hit the cross bar. On the ensuing action, Rochester leading scorer, Ellen Coleman, headed a ball that went over the goal.

In the 22nd minute, Rochester appeared to score the game's first goal, but it was waived off due to a handball called against them.

Both teams continued to get its share of chances, but the two goalies kept the game scoreless. Despite out shooting Rochester in the opening half 11-4, the game remained deadlocked at zeros at the break.

The first 10-15 minutes of the second half seemed to be played mostly in Oneonta's end of the field as the Yellowjackets put on some pressure of its own. They worked to earn a couple of corners and managed to get two shots off that were handled by Lusby. Lusby finished the match with four saves.

In the 60th minute, Rochester was awarded a corner kick that almost turned into a lead for the Yellowjackets. Junior Jayne Gavrity served a perfect ball into the box that found Coleman in the midst of all the players in the box. Coleman sent a sharp header to the right post that was by Lusby. Fortunately, Dana DeSimone was on the post and sent it right back out.

The momentum from that point seemed to shift to Oneonta as they began to pepper the opposition's end of the field. During the next five minutes, Oneonta got off four shots and generated a corner kick. The most dangerous scoring chance in that spurt came in the 70th minute off a direct kick. A loose ball inside the goal area had freshman Kori Hamm (Burlington Flats) getting a direct shot that was stopped and pushed aside by Lang.

The Red Dragons finally broke through on an outstanding individual effort by Brantmeyer in the 78th minute. Off a defended corner kick, she took a loose ball inside her own box and raced the length of the field, beating four defenders along the way, to put Oneonta up 1-0.

"We had some exceptional efforts from many players today," said McGrail. Kayla's run and Dana's goal after saving a goal earlier in the game was tremendous. Nha repeatedly got around the defense to create dangerous opportunities."

The knockout punch for the Red Dragons came in the 84th minute off a corner kick. Wright sent a ball into the box that found its way to an unmarked Dana DeSimone, who volleyed it to the back of the goal.

Rochester tried to mount an attack in the waning minutes, but it was too little, too late.

The loss today for Rochester also ended the 34-year career of the all-time wins leader in the history of Div. III women's soccer, Terry Gurnett. Gurnett is third all-time in all divisions of the NCAA for women's soccer with 435 career wins, winning 72 percent of his games.

"Oneonta did a great job of attacking the ball and sending it forward," said Gurnett. "I am honored to go out versus such a worthy team."

This was the third time that Oneonta and Rochester had met in the NCAA tournament and marked the second time Oneonta has defeated Rochester. In 2005, the Red Dragons knocked the Yellowjackets out in the round of sixteen by the score of 3-0. The two teams met again in 2006 with Rochester winning 1-0.