Senior Witman Hernandez scored two goals and added an assist in 18th-ranked SUNY Oneonta’s 4-1 win against Hamilton at Red Dragon Field, Tuesday Sept. 24.
Hernandez’s three points brought his collegiate total to 101, making him just the fifth player in program history to eclipse 100 career points.
“As long as we have Witman, we have a chance in any game,” Oneonta coach Iain Byrne said in a media release. “We will be wrapping him in cotton wool in between games.”
The Red Dragons scored all four goals in the first half to establish a solid lead early.
Hernandez buried a pass from Jeremy Pantoni to put Oneonta up, 1-0, at 6:54.
About 20 minutes later, Hernandez struck again off a Hamilton turnover in front of the net.
Roberto Ventura made it 3-0 at 35:27 on a strike to the top right about four minutes following goalie Francesco Scotti’s save on a Hamilton penalty kick.
Lucas Fecci scored late in the first half off Hernandez’s initial shot to bring it to 4-0.
“The game turned within a few minutes in the first half,” Byrne said. “Frank (Scotti) saved their penalty and then a few minutes later Birdie scored ours to put us up 3-0.”
Sam Dils tallied Hamilton’s only goal at 61:28.
The Red Dragons recorded more shots (16-13) than Hamilton, including 11 in the first half, but finished with fewer corners (4-1).
Oneonta (7-1) hosts New Paltz at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 in its SUNYAC opener.
COLLEGE WOMEN’S SOCCER
SUNY Oneonta 1, Bard 1
Freshman Kelsey Smith’s first collegiate goal highlighted SUNY Oneonta’s tie with Bard.
Smith took a pass from fellow freshman Joie Tortorice and scored just two minutes after the second half began to even the score at 1-1.
Red Dragons goalie Claire Lepper made her only two saves of the match late in each overtime frame to preserve the tie as neither team could deposit the deciding goal.
Bard got on the board when Paige Sangston found the back of the net in the final minutes of the first half.
SUNY Oneonta held the upper hand in shots, 23-6, and had eight corners to Bard’s zero.
The draw furthers a three-game winless streak for the Red Dragons.
SUNY Oneonta (2-2-3) visits New Paltz at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 in its first SUNYAC game of the season.
Lycoming 4, SUNY Delhi 1
SUNY Delhi could not slow down Lycoming’s quick-strike offense on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
The Broncos have lost three consecutive games despite Rachael Scoones’ collegiate-best 20 saves in goal.
South Kortright alumna Alexa DuBois secured Delhi’s only goal at 49:46 of the second half.
Lycoming scored three goals in just less than four minutes in the first half to put the Broncos in a hole.
Elle Sarracco, Bailey Gilmore, Michayla Hazard and Alicia Blizzard were the goalscorers for Lycoming.
Delhi managed 10 shots while Lycoming concluded with 36. The Broncos held the advantage in corners, 7-4.
Delhi (4-3-1) host SUNY Canton at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.