Catie Hale scored in the 110th minute Saturday as Fredonia State defeated University of Rochester, 1-0, on the first day of the Blue Devil Clarion Classic.
"They definitely got a good workout," Fredonia State coach Chris Case said. "Several players played all 110 minutes. It's definitely a good test to see where we are stamina-wise."
Hale, a junior midfielder, volleyed a shot from 15 yards out into the upper right corner with 39 seconds left in the second overtime. It was her first goal of the season and lifted the Blue Devils to 3-0 this season.
OBSERVER?Photos by Justin Goetz
At left, Fredonia State’s Madison Brown (15) keeps the ball away from a University of Rochester player during the opening round of the Blue?Devil?Clarion?Classic on?Friday at University Stadium.?At right, Fredonia State’s Zach Dann (16) dribbles the ball during the men’s game. The women return to action today at 7 p.m. while the men play at 5 p.m. at University Stadium.
"U of R is a very good team," Case continued. "They have some girls who compete hard and cause challenges for their opponents. They have a tremendous goaltender, too."
All three of their wins have been by 1-0 scores. Senior goalkeeper Meaghan Meszaro has been the author of all three shutouts. She made seven saves Friday and notched her 17th career shutout in the process.
"Meaghan had some fantastic saves," Case added of Meszaro. "I was quite pleased with her performance."
Rochester's Bridget Lang made 12 saves.
The Classic resumes Saturday. Fredonia State will face Allegheny at 7 p.m. while Rochester takes on Geneseo at 3 p.m.
Allegheny defeated Geneseo, 2-0, earlier in the day.
Penn State Behrend 2, Fredonia State 1
Penn State Behrend scored twice in the final nine minutes to rally past Fredonia State, 2-1, in the nightcap of the Blue Devil Clarion Classic.
"We just ran out of gas," Fredonia State coach P.J. Gondek said. "They came at us and got some good chances. I'm a little discouraged because I thought it was a game we could've won. We still got some injuries we are trying to work through. It seems like it's something different every game."
Jake Gamble scored the tying goal at 81:32 and Eric Vonovic netted the game-winner with 39 seconds remaining in regulation.
Behrend improved to 2-1 while the Blue Devils fell to 0-4.
"The bottom line is you are what you are," Gondek said. "We are 0-4. We have to get it sorted out before conference play. We have some work to do."
Fredonia State broke on top 1-0 in the 38th minute as freshman Patrick Schuber netted his first collegiate goal.
Schuber headed a ball from about 30 yards out over Behrend goalkeeper Jarrod Wassell after receiving a pass into the box from senior defender Jeremy Voigt.
Gamble's tying goal, an easy tap into the net at 81:32, was the result of a pass into the box by Vunovic.
On the game-winner, Vunovic raced up the center of the field and screamed for the ball while Jimmy Belack occupied two Blue Devil defenders on the left wing. Belack's pass found Vunovic in full stride with no defender between him and Fredonia State goalkeeper A.J. Grecco.
Grecco finished with eight saves while Wassell stopped three shots..
The Classic resumes today with two more games. Behrend meets Buffalo State at 3 p.m. on the University Stadium turf field. The Blue Devils face Houghton at 5 p.m. on the grass field.
"Everybody we have played so far is doing well," Gondek said. "We haven't played any cream puffs. My expectation wasn't 0-4. I was thinking we would be successful in a couple of these."
Houghton defeated Buffalo State, 4-0, earlier Friday.
Volleyballers drop pair at Nazareth Tourney
ROCHESTER - The Fredonia State volleyball team dropped a pair of matches to Nazareth and Cortland at the Nazareth Invitational on Friday.
In the first match the Devils fell to Nazareth, 3-2 (16-25, 25-18, 25-15, 20-25, 13-15). Lindsey Olson led the team with 13 kills. Jessica DiChristopher had nine kills, Paulina Rein had four service aces and Laura Hokaj had 19 digs. Freshman setter Kelly Edinger had 26 assists.
In the second match, the Devils fell 3-1 (27-25, 19-25, 21-25, 18-25). Hannah Manning had 12 kills and Olson had 10 kills and three service aces. Meredith Smietana was credited with five blocks and Hokaj added 15 digs. Edinger added another 28 assists.
The Devils now stand at 1-5 on the season. They take on Mount Union and Clarkson tomorrow afternoon to wrap up the tournament.