No. 12 Cortland’s 5 first-half goals enough to beat Buffalo State, extend winning streak to 10 games


Buffalo State Athletics

#10 Theo Pencic handles the ball for Buffalo State during their contest against No. 12 Cortland on Saturday at Coyer Field.

Jason Guth, Sports Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Two first-half goals by Anthony Ruggiero, followed by one each from Blake Aronson, Scott Cebollero, and Nicholas Pfeiffer were enough to net Cortland (10-1-1, 4-0-0 SUNYAC) its 10th straight victory, this one coming on the road at Buffalo State (7-3, 1-2-0 SUNYAC) on Saturday.

Opening the scoring in the second minute of the contest, Ruggiero put in the rebound off a Jack Coleman shot after Buffalo State goaltender Dylan Guarino turned the ball over on a soft pass. The same pairing connected again in the 18th minute on a cross from Coleman, giving Ruggiero his second goal of the game as it trickled by Guarino.

Ruggiero continued his impressive display, assisting on Aronson’s eighth goal of the season with a nice give-and-go, giving the Red Dragons their third goal in the first 20 minutes. Cebollero added his first goal of the season soon after on an indirect free kick from inside the penalty area, followed by Pfeiffer’s goal before the end of the half on a cross from Mikey Lanzetta, bringing Cortland’s lead to 5-1 after 45 minutes.

Buffalo State’s Zak Shaibi put the Bengals on the board in the 29th minute after a short volley on a Theo Pencic free-kick. Pencic would later tally his eighth and ninth goals of the season in the second half, the second coming on a penalty kick in the 69th minute.

The Bengals would let a few opportunities slip away during the latter stages of the game: Pencic was unable to connect on his second penalty kick when the yellow card was shown to Cortland’s Kyle Artura in the 74th minute.
A would-be goal from Musa Abdulla was negated by an offside call a few minutes later, and another shot from Abdulla was deflected left of the net by Cortland goalie Braden Melveney in the 84th minute.


Buffalo State: Home against Alfred University on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Cortland: Home versus Geneseo on Friday at 4 p.m.