October 6, 2015

Upstate Update - Week 5

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

Ithaca at Stevens

Saturday, October 3

While the SUNYAC and Liberty League received most of the early ink this season, two teams in the Empire 8 have been steadily preparing for the postseason. Ithaca, last week’s team of the week did battle against league powerhouse Stevens in the most important game to date for both teams.

The Season Thus Far

Both teams entered the game experiencing the best of times and the worst of times simultaneously. For Stevens (6-1-2/0-0-2), the joy of a six-game unbeaten streak was mitigated by no wins in two league games. On the other hand, Ithaca (2-5-1/ 2-0-0) were in good shape despite having an overall losing record. While they had the better record, this was a game the Ducks could not afford to lose.

Game On

The Ducks came out firing to begin the game by blitzing the travelling Ithaca squad generating several shots in the first ten minutes of the game. Their early pressure would be rewarded in the 12th minute when aptly named senior Harry Kane converted for a 1-0 lead. The Bombers fought nobly, but on this day there was no stopping Stevens. The Ducks controlled the contest outshooting Ithaca 11-4 and won the battle of corner kicks 5-2.

Take Away

The Ducks (7-1-2/1-0-2) are finding their sea legs at the right time of the season. They are a very good program year in year out, and not many teams will want to face Stevens come playoff time. Ithaca (2-6-1/2-1-0) still holds on to hope and understand that destiny is still in their hands as the third place team in the Empire 8.

Around the Region

RIT 1, RPI 0 - RIT (4-6-0/1-2-0) snapped RPI’s school record 10 game unbeaten streak when freshman Gene Sicoli stepped up and converted a penalty kick in the seventh minute of overtime for his seventh goal of the season. It takes a confident player to step up as a freshman in that situation. This win will give RIT confidence that they are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. RPI (8-1-2/1-1-1) are suddenly in a dog fight to reach the playoffs after a dream start.

Cortland State 4, Potsdam State 0 - Cortland (6-3-2/1-2-1) won a game they had to win. Potsdam (7-3-1/1-1-1) comes back to earth after a tough loss.

Vassar 1, St. Lawrence 0 - Vassar (6-2-2/2-0-0) gains a strong win at home and now sits atop the Liberty League along with Skidmore their next opponent. St. Lawrence (8-2-2/2-1-0) must find more consistency as they travel to a Hobart team desperate for a win.

Clarkson 3, Bard 2 - Bard (5-5-1/0-3-0) have lost all three league contests by a single goal while going nose to nose with opponents. This is a team on the rise despite their league record.

Skidmore 1, Hobart 0 - The dark horse of the Liberty League, Skidmore (7-2-0/3-0-0) have one foot in the league playoffs, but must beat arch nemesis Vassar for that all important fourth win that traditionally clinches a playoff berth.

Oneonta State 4, Geneseo State 0 - Oneonta (8-2-1/ 4-0-0) is the class of the SUNYAC and one of the best teams in the region.

Plattsburgh State 4, Oswego State 1 - Plattsburgh (9-1-2/1-0-2) will be heard from during the SUNYAC tourney and perhaps beyond. A strong start for a traditional power.

Team of the Week

RIT

RIT have long been an enigma for a long time in the Liberty League. A few more weeks like this, they will be back in the postseason after a long absence.

 


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Upstate Update

 

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.

 

Columnist

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. In the summer of 2018 he shared his experiences as a player in his series, "Saint 4 Years, Saint 4 Life". [see full bio]

 

Mani Tafari in action

1999 National Champion with St. Lawrence.

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