Bengals shake off Bears, 4-1
POTSDAM, N.Y.— Buffalo State (4-6-4, 2-1-3 SUNYAC) scored four unanswered goals to defeat the SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team (2-12-1, 0-6) 4-1 at Maxcy Turf Field on Friday evening. Four different Bengals scored and freshman forward Erin McClusky notched the only Bears tally.
Potsdam pounced early in the contest. In the eighth minute, senior forward Heather Johnson moved the ball into the right corner of Buffalo State's end and sent a cross into the box. Sophomore goalie Linda Banfield fumbled the cross and McClusky drove it home. Just over four minutes later, the Bengals tied the game as freshman midfielder Kristin Seiferth chipped in a cross from junior midfielder Emily Wyse. At the 13:59, junior midfielder Shannon Yokopovitch set up freshman midfielder Taylor Volkman, who put the Bengals up for good. At 29:36, Buffalo State grabbed a 3-1 lead as sophomore defender Meghan Allen fought off a Bear defender and fired a shot that deflected off the post, hit Potsdam freshman goalie Jaime Durant and rolled across the goal line. The score remained the same at the half.
The scoring pace slowed through the second half, but the Bengals never relinquished control. In the 77th minute, Buffalo State tacked on a final marker. Allen found junior forward Shaunta Pyles who sent the ball into the right corner of the net.
In goal, Durant finished with six saves, while Banfield earned the win without a stop. The Bengals outshot Potsdam 15-3 and had the only seven corner kicks of the contest.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host Fredonia at 1 p.m.