Wolves Sunk by Lakers in Overtime

Taylor Lessard (5) scored the opening goal for Keuka College on Tuesday -- Photo by Trinity Gotthardt
Taylor Lessard (5) scored the opening goal for Keuka College on Tuesday -- Photo by Trinity Gotthardt

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Field Hockey team lost to Oswego State 3-2 in overtime on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at the Jepson Community Athletic Complex.

Keuka College (4-10) was able to draw level twice behind goals from Taylor Lessard and Vanessa Wilkins. Kassidy Valentine made four saves in goal for the Wolves.

Oswego State 3 at Keuka College 2 - OT

Keuka College had the first corner of the game, but were unable to generate a goal. It would be Oswego State who would control the play for most of the first quarter. The Lakers pulled ahead midway through the frame as Keuka was unable to clear an initial shot and in the scrum, the ball ended up in the goal to make it 1-0 Oswego.

In the second quarter, the Wolves were able to draw the game level. The Wolves carried the ball into the arch from the right. The ball was centered to Vanessa Wilkins. Her sweeping shot deflected towards the left post right to the stick of Taylor Lessard. The senior put the ball in the back of the goal to tie the game at 1-1. The game would remain tied at halftime.

Oswego State forced the issue early in the third and their pressure paid off as they took a 2-1 lead. The Wolves continued to fight. Alyssa Muszak  got sprung on a break midway through the frame. The charge at goal resulted in a corner for the Wolves. On the ensuing corner, the Lakers gained control and went racing back up the field. Their pressure resulted in three straight corners, but the game would remain 2-1 going to the final quarter.

The Wolves increased the pressure to start the fourth, but it would be Oswego with the first good break. Trying for a breakaway, the ball fell just out of reach of the Laker attacker and the ball was kicked to safety by Kassidy Valentine. The Wolves pulled level with five minutes left to play as Nicole Wilson gained the ball near midfield and went racing down the right flank. She played the ball into Vanessa Wilkins near the penalty spot. The freshman slid the ball inside the right post to tie the game at 2-2. The Green and Gold had a chance to take the lead in the final seconds. A Keuka breakaway attempt was stopped by a charging keeper. The loose ball then deflecting off multiple sticks, and Keuka was never able to settle it. When it was, the shot by the Wolves was wide of frame as the game went to overtime.

The Lakers threatened in the opening minute, but Valentine stood tall. The senior made a quality save down the middle on a corner attempt. The rebound kicked to the left post and Valentine dove to stop the initial attempt. When Oswego regained the rebound, their shot was wide of goal. The Wolves turned the ball over on the resulting clear and Oswego took advantage as the Lakers converted a long shot for a 3-2 victory.

Game Highlights

Taylor Lessard opens the scoring for the Wolves

Vanessa Wilkins ties the game in the fourth quarter

Kassidy Valentine makes some big saves in overtime

KC Notes:

  • The Wolves fall to 0-5 all-time against Oswego State. It was the first time the two teams played into overtime
  • The Lakers are one of four non-conference teams that the Wolves have faced in every year of the program
  • Keuka College is now 0-2 in games that go to overtime this season

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will close their regular season on the road this weekend at Castleton University. Keuka College will then prepare to host the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship on November 2 against Wells College.