Oneida falls to Whitesboro 1-0
ONEIDA, N.Y. » With 11 minutes left in regular time, the Oneida girls soccer team had battled Whitesboro to 0-0 score in the sweltering heat and humidity on Tuesday.
Then, Whitesboro’s Ashley Hewko collected a rebound off the far post inside Oneida’s 18-yard box and sent a shot back to the near post to give the visitor’s a 1-0 lead.
Oneida was unable to come up with the equalizer to force extra time and Whitesboro earned a vic- tory in Oneida. Despite the loss, Oneida coach Scott Fallon viewed the game as a sign of improvement for the program.
“These are the games we are now playing for almost 80 minutes and we are in (the game), and that was not the case always,” said Oneida coach Scott Fallon. “Tough loss, yes. Hopefully, we learn from it and move forward. Proud of our girls. Proud of our effort. They have come together. We have a lot of positive energy and we are moving in a really good direction, so nothing to be upset about.”
Oneida goalkeep Kyra Shlotzhauer posted 12 saves on the evening, helping keep Oneida level with Whitesboro early on in the contest. Sheweathered aWhitesboro cross that ended bouncing offthe inside of thepost and settling in the 18-yard box, before making a sprawling save 11 minutes into the contest to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.
Offensively, Oneida’s best opportunity in the first half of play came at the 16:15 mark. Following a Whitesboro foul, the hosts were awarded a direct kick roughly 25 yards out. Sophomore Rachel DeRuby struck a bending attempt toward the far corner of the goal, only to watch the ball skip off the top of the crossbar.
Later in the first half, Shlotzhauer was aided by defender Julia Abel who stepped in front of a shot volleyed by Whitesboro’s Jaryn Spellman, safely deflecting the shot away from the Oneida goal.
Minutes later, DeRuby sent Sophia Sanchez past the Whitesboro defense with a nice through ball as the seconds ticked away on the first. Sanchez’s shot on goal came as time expiredin the half, and the two teams carried a 0-0 tie into the break.
Kristen Barrett nearly gave Oneida the lead on a
corner kick early in the second half - Oneida led Whitesboro in corners 4-1 - when she headed a corner just over the top left of the Whitesboro goal.
Minutes later, Whitesboro appeared to score its first goal on the contest, but the score was waived off following an offsides call.
Then, at the 69 minute mark, Hewko capitalized on a scoring opportunity to give the visitors the lead in a game in which they outshot the hosts 14-6.
With the loss, Oneida’s record moves to 6-3 over
all and remains at 4-2 in
league play. With Utica
Notre Dame next on the schedule for Oneida, Fallon would like to see his team improve on its possession.
“Probably our weakness tonight was winning 50-50 balls. They got to a lot more balls, and when you win 50-50 balls you get a lot more possession,” he said. “Then, it comes down to who wants the ball. Who wants to go and win the ball in the air, and we need to get better at it.”
Oneida’s Kayla Suppa and Whitesboro’s Jessica Sharbach chase down a ball during Tuesday’s girls soccer contest.
Oneida’s Emily Gioeli evades Whitesboro defenders during Tuesday’s 1-0loss.