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Win secures playoff berth, home game
Monday, October 24, 2016

 Win secures playoff berth, home game

Ty Bentham (right)

Fredonia punched its ticket into the SUNYAC men's soccer tournament with a 2-1 upset win Saturday over Oneonta.

In the process, the Blue Devils landed a first-round home game as the No. 3 seed in the six-team bracket. They will meet No. 6 seed Plattsburgh next Saturday at University Stadium.

After a scoreless first half, the Blue Devils broke through with goals by Ryan Ross (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) and Bryan Sibble (Liverpool, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) in a span of six minutes early in the second half.

Ross was set up earrly in the 55th minute by Parker Healy (East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora), who carried the ball into the box and slid a pass to his left. It was his second goal of the season. Sibble's goal -- his fifth -- came midway through the 61st minute on a direct kick from outside the box.

Dillon Johnson scored for Oneonta in the 71st minute to cut the margin to 2-1, Fredonia hung on the rest of the way in front of freshman goalkeeper Ty Bentham (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North), who made eight saves to secure the win. The Blue Devils were outshot 23-9 overall.

The Blue Devils improved to 5-4 in the conference and 11-6-1 overall while Oneonta -- the No. 2 seed -- ended the regular season at 6-2-1 in the conference and 13-4-1 overall.

New Paltz will visit Buffalo State in the other first-round game next Saturday. Oneonta and No. 1 seed Cortland earned first-round byes.

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