Laker offense unable to capitalize on chances

Oswego State field hockey lost 2-0 Wednesday in a tightly contested match to Nazareth College.

Maria Martini of Nazareth scored about four minutes into the game and held onto that 1-0 lead the rest of the first half. Although the Lakers had several chances to tie the game late in the first half, they were stifled by a tough Nazareth defense.

Nazareth opened the second half with the same intensity, as Kelly Flanagan extended the lead for the Golden Flyers. However, the Lakers looked more aggressive and had most of the possession for the remaining half. After being outshot 37-11 in the second half of the previous three games, Oswego State had 10 shots to seven for Nazareth.

Oswego State’s coach Brandi Ostrander was proud of her team after them game.

"We did nothing wrong," Ostrander said. "We played outstanding, we just needed to put the ball in the goal."

Senior midfielder and co-captain, Kimm Hiffa, agreed with Ostrander’s statement that they had opportunities to score, they just needed to capitalize on them next time.

"We played well, worked out all the kinks (from the previous game), and we just need to get on the post."

The Lakers had 13 corner hits compared to the Golden Flyers 11.

Oswego State’s next game is Saturday, Sept. 19, at home against SUNYAC rival SUNY Cortland. Hiffa says that the game against Cortland will be a challenge for the Lakers.

"It will be a little harder and we need to get our shots off quicker," Hiffa said.

The loss drops the Lakers to 1-3, as they look to their playmakers to score early and often against Cortland. The game was the first of four consecutive home games for the Lakers.

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