The Oswego State’s women’s soccer team suffered their first loss of the season Saturday, falling 3-2 to Hamilton College.
Both Laker goals were scored by standout freshman Michelle Bateman who, in four games, has compiled eight goals and three assists for a total of 19 points.
"Usually as a freshman you have to adapt to the college game; it’s much quicker," senior midfielder Julie McCloskey said. "She is a great teammate and we are very excited to have ‘Shelly’."
The stellar offensive output from Bateman, coupled with solid overall play, allowed Oswego State to control the tempo of the game for most of the first half. While the Lakers fell short in this game, their confidence may have grown.
"Everyone came out with such intensity and effort it makes us believe we can play with the top in our conference," McCloskey said.
Hamilton College is two years removed from an elite eight appearance, and last year came within one game of duplicating that feat.
"Anytime you play a team that two years ago was one game away from the final four and last year was one game away from the elite eight it’s a good feeling with a young team," Oswego State head coach Brian McGrane said.
After starting off the season with a record of at least 3-1 for the first time in his career at Oswego State, McGrane’s expectations of his team are high.
"Our first goal, and really the goal we are shooting for is just to make the SUNYAC playoffs," McGrane said. "Once you get into a playoff situation you never know what’s going to happen."
McCloskey had the assist on the second and final Oswego State goal, scored by Bateman at 72:49.
Oswego State will take their 3-1 record on the road for the first time this season as they travel to St. Lawrence University to take on the 3-1-1 Saints. In their last four meetings, Oswego State is 0-4 against the Saints.
The Lakers play their next five games on the road before returning home on Oct. 2 to host to the Plattsburgh Cardinals.