MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Morrisville State College field hockey made a statement Friday afternoon as they put up a huge defensive effort against visiting SUNY Cortland, holding the Red Dragons to a thrilling 1-0 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) decision on Drake Field in Morrisville.
The loss drops Morrisville State to 1-7 on the season, 0-2 in conference play, while Cortland ups their overall record to 5-2, 2-0 in the SUNYAC.
Morrisville State's defensive unit was able to hold the Red Dragons scoreless until the 31st minute of the contest before Cortland was able to break through the tough stance. Forward Jessica Welsh rifled the corner feed from Gabby Stein at the top of the circle into the right corner of the goal for the 1-0 visitor lead.
Cortland threatened to extend their lead to two, minutes later, but Morrisville State goalkeeper Meredith Koziol (Waterford, N.Y.) turned the Red Dragons away for her 10th save of the half, sending the game into the halftime break with a one goal visitor advantage.
In the second, Morrisville State's defense again gave the visitors a difficult time as Cortland struggled to find the back of the cage firing off a total seven shots on goal for the half, all of which Koziol turned away.
The Mustangs threatened to even the contest at one in the 52nd minute, but the shot on goal was stopped short by a Cortland defender to keep the hosts off the board.
Koziol finished the contest with a collegiate best 16 saves for Morrisville State.
The Mustangs return to the field tomorrow, hosting Wells College at 5 p.m. on Drake Field.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.