Oswego State Men's Soccer Takes Three Game Winning Streak To Buffalo

Ryan MaloneyContributor IIOctober 8, 2009

Five hundred fifty-four minutes and 28 seconds into the 2009 season, Bob Friske's (pictured) Oswego State men's soccer team scored their first goal of the year.  Not much had gone right for the Lakers up until that point: Their 0-6 start was the worst in Friske's five-year tenure as head coach, and even the school's athletics website had a hard time polishing the turds results

But not much has gone wrong for Oswego State since senior Tony Greene found the the net early in that Sept. 26 SUNYAC match-up at Morrisville to break the lengthy scoreless streak.  The Lakers marched out to a 4-1 lead over the Mustangs with goals from Jim Mertz, Felipe Cavalcanti, and Max Guliani.  Goal keeper Matt Wopperer stopped five shots as Oswego State held on for their first victory of 2009, a 4-3 victory to improve their SUNYAC record to 1-1.

The scoring continued into the following weekend as the Lakers squeezed out a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Plattsburgh.  That prompted the following voice mail (voice altered to protect identity...and also for comic relief):

Potsdam took the Lakers to overtime the following day, but again Oswego State prevailed by a score of 2-1.  Cavalcanti recorded the game-winning goal in both games and also had the game's first goal at Plattsburgh.  His season tally now stands at four and the junior was recently named player of the week by the SUNYAC, ECAC Upstate, and Oswego State Athletics.

Despite the dismal start, the Lakers (3-6-0, 2-1-0) now find themselves in fifth place of the SUNYAC standings.  Plattsburgh, Oneonta, Geneseo, and Brockport sit three points ahead of them in a four-way tie for the conference lead.  Buffalo State (5-4-1, 1-1-1) currently sits two points behind Oswego State, holding the sixth and final playoff spot with three weeks left in the regular season. 

The Bengals will host the Lakers on Friday.