Oneida falls to Whitesboro 1-0

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By John Brewer jbrewer@onei­dadis­patch.com @Dis­patchBrewer on Twit­ter

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.”

JOHN BREWER — ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH

Oneida’s Kayla Suppa and Whitesboro’s Jes­sica Shar­bach chase down a ball dur­ing Tues­day’s girls soc­cer con­test.

JOHN BREWER — ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH

Oneida’s Emily Gioeli evades Whitesboro de­fend­ers dur­ing Tues­day’s 1-0loss.

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