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
Nazareth at Stevens
Sunday, November 4
Nazareth entered the contest with a 12-6-1 record and punched their ticket to the finals with a 1-0 win over Alfred.
The Ducks were in search of their 11th conference title and hoping to dance for the 16th time in the last 18 seasons.
Conference finals are extremely serious affairs, the winner is invited to the dance while the losing team is left to hope and pray.
The Season Thus Far
Stevens were once again Empire 8 regular season champions and placed a 16-2-1 record on the line against a Nazareth team looking to win and dance.
Nazareth had won their last three games by a combined 10-1 score line and were playing their best soccer of the year. Stevens were 15-0-1 all-time against Nazareth and were eager to continue that good run.
Stevens attacked the game like a duck in water and played smooth and flowing soccer while keeping possession. Despite outshooting their guests and having a majority of the ball, the half ended...[read more]