November 8, 2016

Upstate Update - Week 10

By Mani Tafari

The Upstate Update brings you up to speed on Division III men's soccer in the "Upstate" New York region, home to the SUNYAC, Liberty League, and Empire 8. Several key matches will be recapped each week along with a more in-depth look at a Game of the Week.

Game of the Week

Oneonta at Cortland

Saturday, November 5

Heavyweights of New York state clashed in a battle that would decide the champion of the SUNYAC conference.

The Season Thus Far

Both teams arrived at the final as teams that were highly regarded and widely expected to compete for the title since early September. Cortland (17-2-0 / 8-1-0) has been on an upward trajectory since pre-season and only had one minor bump in the road, a 3-0 setback to Oneonta (14-6-1 / 6-2-1) in midseason. Since then, the Red Dragons have reeled off eleven straight wins and entered the final in cruise mode. Oneonta meanwhile got off to a bit of a rocky start, recovered well and seemed to stumble into the conference finals after suffering some unexpected late season losses.

Both teams entered the game with the knowledge that win or lose, there would be a greater prize to play for in the weeks to come.

Game On

Cortland started the game with very good energy and pressured Oneonta from the first whistle. The pressure was intense as Cortland was determined to avoid their rivals celebrating a third straight SUNYAC crown. Despite having the better of play, Cortland was unable to get the breakthrough and teams entered halftime with a goalless tie. After the break Cortland continued to press and...

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Mani Tafari


Mani Tafari graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2001 with a History degree after four seasons playing for Bob Durocher that included the Saints untied, undefeated national championship season in 1999. Mani subsequently earned his law degree from Pace University School of Law (2009). He currently works as a criminal defense attorney and coaches soccer. He remains passionate about Division III soccer and is a loyal St. Lawrence alumus. [see full bio]

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