Rio Dhat and Chris Walter scored less than nine minutes apart in the second half Sunday to lead the Hartwick College men’s soccer team to a 2-all draw against Mercer University during the Grand Prairie Classic in Peoria, Ill.
Mercer scored 1 minute, 10 seconds into the match as Will Betts deflected in a shot by Juan Jose Morales.
“It was disappointing giving up such an early goal,” Hartwick coach John Scott said. “It took us a while to get settled in, but after about 20 minutes we started the play very well.”
Hartwick trailed at the half despite owning a 5-2 advantage in shots. Mercer then held the Hawks (0-1-2) to three shots in the second half, but Hartwick scored on two of them.
Dhat scored his first goal in a Hartwick uniform in the 56th minute, his shot off a pass from Cleyon Brown beating diving goalie Greg Ranjitsingh to an upper corner.
Walter ran onto a long throughball from Marc Russell and one-touched a shot from the right flank over Ranjitsingh for a 2-1 Hartwick lead 8:41 later.
“What great character from our guys to battle back from the deficit and take the lead,” Scott said. “Both of our goals were quality efforts.”
The Bears tied the game in the 71st minute as Joey Heavner beat sophomore goalie Tom Buckner with a left-footer that deflected in off the head of a defender.
Buckner stopped two of Mercer’s last four shots of regulation – the other two were off target – and had several big saves in the overtime periods. He ended his first match this season in goal with six saves. Ranjitsingh made one save for the Bears.
Walter and freshman defender Jack Miller made the All-Tournament Team.
Hartwick improved to 1-0-1 against Mercer all-time. The Hawks beat Mercer, 4-0, during the 2001 Mayor’s Cup.
The Hawks return home this weekend for the 2012 Mayor’s Cup. Hartwick plays St. Bonaventure at 5 p.m. Friday on Elmore Field, then hosts New Jersey Institute of Technology on Sunday.
O-State 0, Messiah 0
Oneonta State earned a scoreless tie against eight-time NCAA Division III champion Messiah on Sunday in a match between two top-10 teams in the preseason coaches poll.
The eighth-ranked Red Dragons (0-1-1), who reached the national semifinals last season, were outshot by third-ranked Messiah, 17-7. The Falcons, who were eliminated in the second round of the 2011 NCAA tournament, held a 14-3 advantage in corner kicks.
O-State goalie Daniel DeBottis made nine saves. Counterpart Brandon West had two.
The Red Dragons will open their home schedule at 1 p.m. Friday against Medaille in the first round of the Mayor’s Cup Tournament. They’ll also play John Carroll at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Cobleskill 1, Bard 1
SUNY Cobleskill rallied for a 1-1 tie Saturday as its season opener against the Raptors (1-0-1) went to double-overtime.
Junior defender Josh Fotaine found senior defender Joe Giuliano on a throw-in to tie the score at the 62:48 mark.
Cooperstown graduate Mack Curran made five saves for the Fighting Tigers, who visit Saint Joseph’s College for a non-league game at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Delhi drops two
SUNY Delhi opened its season with back-to-back losses as the Broncos followed a 3-1 loss to Alfred State on Saturday eith a 4-2 setback against Jamestown Community College on Sunday in the East/West Tournament at Alfred.
Cherry Valley-Springfield graduate Jacob Hoag scored in the second half of the season opener for Delhi, which received five saves from Zach Erbe (Oneonta High). Hoag’s goal tied the score at 1 in the 67th minute.
Tom Knowles had Delhi’s goals in the second game, when Erbe made six saves in 81:42.
The Broncos visit Albany Pharmacy at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Hartwick wins Cup
Kylie Thayer had two goals Sunday to lead Hartwick to a 7-0 rout of SUNY Cobleskill on the second day of the ninth annual Erinn K. Brozman Cup at Elmore Field.
Stephanie Morini, Cristina Sicari, Mackenzie Shipley, Mackenzie Mullgian and Liz Greco also scored for the Hawks (2-0), who won their second Cup and first since 2009.
goalies Hope Brown and Abbie Thomas did not face a shot as the Hawks finished with a 42-0 advantage. Amanda Wallace made 14 saves for Cobleskill (0-2) and Bethany Reynolds
had three in relief.
On Saturday, Hartwick opened its season with a 4-0 defeat of SUNY Old Westbury in the first round of the Cup.
Emily Thorndike had two goals and had one assist for the Hawks, who received goals from Morgan Downin and Stephanie Morini. Schenevus graduate Jayme Bentley set up Thorndike’s second goal, which came in the 55th minute.
Brown stopped four shots in goal for the Hawks, who host William Paterson at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday in the 29th annual Mayor’s Cup.
The Fighting Tigers fell, 4-0, to Utica in the Brozman opener Saturday.
O-State 0, Nazareth 0
Oneonta closed play in the Nazareth Tournament with a scoreless tie against the host school Sunday.
Senior Lindsey Doxtader, the Daily Star Player of the Year for Oneonta High in 2007, hit the crossbar from 25 yards out for the Red Dragons (0-1-1), who received two shots on goal from senior Kayla Brantmeyer and one from Karly DeSimone.
Krystal Scott preserved the scoreless tie with a backsave in the second overtime as she headed a one-timer by Kristina McCann off the line.
Nazareth (0-0-2) held a 13-12 advantage in shots, but the Red Dragons were ahead, 9-2, on corner kicks.
Freshman goalkeeper Rori Stark made five saves for her first shutout at the college level. Abbie Carey stopped four shots for Nazareth.
O-State hosts Williams College at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Holyoke 5, Delhi 0
Annie Millar made 10 saves for SUNY Delhi, which dropped its season opener Sunday at home.
Cara Peters scored twice to pace Holyoke, which finished with an 18-8 advantage in shots.
Delhi hosts Alfred State at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Hartwick 55, Husson 14
Junior quarterback Mike Mathews threw for 159 yards and three touchdowns on 7-for-15 passing to lead Hartwick to a season-opening rout of host Husson on Saturday.
Sophomore Brandon Beatty contributed a team-high of 58 rushing yards and junior wide receiver Frankie Molina caught three passes for 81 yards. Matthews hit Molina for a 60-yard touchdown pass on the second play from scrimmage and got the extra point from Alex Tesoriero for a 7-0 lead after 45 seconds.
The Hawks went on to take a 45-0 halftime lead with the help of a defense that allowed 160 yards of total offense, including minus-31 rushing yards. The game also featured a Hartwick first as senior Coleman Jennes and freshman C.J. Stone had safeties in the fourth quarter to mark the first time the Hawks earned two in one game.
Mike Parody and Clyde Miller had four tackles apiece to lead Hartwick, which for an interception from Steven Grzeskowiak.
Hartwick will play its home opener at Wright Stadium at 1 p.m. this Saturday against Morrisville State.
O-State 4, Wooster 3
Sophomore Andrea Day
scored in the 82nd minute Sunday to lead Oneonta State to a non-conference overtime victory against Wooster at Utica College.
Wooster, which is led by former O-State coach Brenda Meese, took a 3-2 lead in the 52nd minute on a goal by Clare Nelson-Johnson.
Ashley Johnson’s 6-yard, unassisted goal for Oneonta (2-0) with 39 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime. Her goal came off a rebound of a shot by sophomore Kelcy Forbragd.
Day, the 2011 SUNY Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, finished with two goals.
Oneonta opened its season with a 5-1 rout of St. Lawrence. Johnson had three assists Saturday, when senior Suzanne Wright had two goals.
“This weekend was a great start to our season,” fifth-year O-State coach Kelly Kingsbury said. “We still have some things to work on, but I am very happy with the two wins and we will look to build from here.”
The Red Dragons visit William Smith at 1 p.m. this Saturday.
Junior Travis Deuel shot a 6-over-par 78 Saturday at the Skenandoa Golf Club, helping Cobleskill to a seventh-place finish in the nine-team Utica Invitational.
Deuel tied for 13th in the season opener for the Fighting Tigers. A total of 54 players competed.
The Fighting Tigers will compete in the Tim Brown Invitational at Skidmore College on Saturday and Sunday.
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Oneonta State beat Lewis & Clark in five sets Saturday before falling, 3-0, to the College of St. Scholastica in the championship match of the 43rd annual Oneonta Invitational.
The Red Dragons (3-1) opened Saturday’s matches with a 21-25, 27-25, 25-9, 22-25, 15-13 victory over Lewis & Clark. Senior Kacy Boburka and junior Erin Darpino had 12 kills apiece for Oneonta, which got 11 from senior Brittany Calvello and 10 from freshman Hannah O’Neil. Calvello also had a team-high 24 assists.
Darpino finished with seven kills against St. Scholastica, which earned a 25-22, 25-20, 25-19 sweep in the title match. Boburka and O’Neil each had six kills and junior Kristina Pelaccio amassed 11 digs for Oneonta, which will compete in the University of Rochester Invitational this weekend. The Red Dragons face the host school at 6 p.m. Friday and follow at 8 p.m. against Hamilton.
Hartwick earned its first victory of the season with a 25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 25-14 defeat of SUNYIT on Saturday at the invitational. The win also marked the first for new head coach Jim Clar.
Hannah Strom had 14 kills and 15 digs to pace the Hawks, who received 10 kills from Dana Martin. Shannon McGee contributed 18 assists and Britney Lintner had 15 assists.
Hartwick also fell, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18, to Hunter College on Saturday. Martin and Strom had nine kills apiece and Christine Confer finished with eight.
Hartwick (1-4) will compete in the Elmira Tournament next weekend. The Hawks will face Houghton at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by SUNY Brockport at 8 p.m.
Cobleskill 3, A. Magnus 2
Hannah Barr had 15 kills, five aces and four blocks to lead SUNY Cobleskill (2-1) to a 25-16, 22-25, 25-21, 27-29, 15-4 victory over host Albertus Magnus (1-2) on Saturday.
Melissa Spears contributed 12 kills and four blocks for the Fighting Tigers, who received 21 assists from Casey Holbert and 20 from Mary Gallagher.
Amber Baker amassed 21 digs and Kim Cordova had 19.
Hawks of the Week
Hartwick selected freshmen Stephanie Morini and Dante Crump as its athletes of the week Monday.
Morini scored her first two college goals this past weekend to lead the women’s soccer team to the Erinn K. Brozman Cup championship.
rump had two interceptions, returning the latter 30 yards for a touchdown, in the first quarter of the football team’s 55-14 victory at Husson on Saturday.