The Cortland Red Dragons hosted the Bengals of Buffalo State on Saturday October 13th as part of the final conference home game. Both teams braved the first cold weather of the season as the temperature at kickoff topped at 42 degrees, only to get colder as the game progressed.
Both teams came ready to play as possession and opportunities were even throughout most of the first half. Early cards were given out to Brandon Gracias and Blake Aronson of Cortland as both received yellows in the 22nd and 27th minutes respectively.
Cortland found the back of the net first however, with Cam LaVallee assisting on Migell Ormsby’s score, his seventh on the year, in the 33rd minute. Ormsby found the goal again in the 44th minute, with an unassisted goal, his eighth, to give the Red Dragons a 2-0 lead, as the game remained that way heading into the half.
Down 2-0 the Bengals found new life in the second half, dominating possession from the start. The Bengals were dealt a gift in the 66th minute with Aronson receiving his second yellow card of the match, resulting in a red card and ejection from the game. This also resulted in some on field skirmishes between the two teams as verbal fights and pushing broke out in front of the Bengals bench, though no further penalties were handed out.
The 11 on 10 advantage was short lived however, as August Finn of Buffalo State, received a red card of his own in the 75th minute and brought the game back to an even playing field. From there Cortland’s defense held tough, as seen in the video below, holding off all of Buffalo State’s attacks and several corner kicks.
Cortland went on to seal the deal with a final score of 2-0 and improve to 12-1-2 on the season, while Buffalo State dropped to 8-4-2.
Up next for the Red Dragons will be the final two conference games of the year at Geneseo and at Brockport on the 19th and 20th before closing the regular season at home vs Hartwick on the 23rd. For Buffalo State, the team returns home for the final three games of its season, hosting Plattsburgh, Potsdam and Alfred State.