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September 2, 2012
Vermont falls 1-0 to Oakland

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Kyle Bethel's goal in the first minute of the second half proved to be enough to lift the Oakland Grizzlies past visiting Vermont, 1-0, in a non-conference game on Sunday.

The two teams played through a scoreless first 45 minutes, despite the Catamounts having a 6-2 advantage in shots in the first half.

Bethel was able to finish off a bouncing through ball from Shawn Claud Lawson with a volley in the 67th minute. It was Bethel's first goal of the season and the Grizzlies were able to hold off the Catamounts the rest of the way.

Conor Leland made five stops in the Vermont net in his first career start. Scott Messer was credited with three stops for Oakland.

“Unfortunately we made things harder on ourselves this weekend,” said Vermont head coach Jesse Cormier. “We had too many lapses and we could not finish. We had 15 shots against Oakland and only three were on frame. We have to be better than that to be successful. I am looking forward to training this week and making the necessary adjustments to help us improve going forward.”

Vermont falls to 1-3, while Oakland improves to 3-0 overall.

The Catamounts will be back in action on Friday (Sept. 7) and Sunday (Sept. 9) when they host the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Windjammer Classic at Virtue Field. On Friday, Niagara and New Hampshire open the tournament at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by Central Connecticut versus Vermont at 4 p.m. On Sunday, CCSU and UNH square off at 11 a.m. and Niagara battles UVM at 1:30 p.m.

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