September 7, 2016

Upstate Update - Week 1

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

Plattsburgh State at Clarkson

Tuesday, September 6

Two programs with great traditions and big dreams for the future kick off our 2016 game of the week. Clarkson and Plattsburgh spent the 1990s as powerhouse programs in the region and country. Both teams have played in the final four and hope this season will be a good building block to get back. One thing was for certain, Coach Chris would walk away a winner. All-time Plattsburgh assist leader, and Clarkson Coach Chris Taylor was looking to inflict early season pain on Plattsburgh, while the dean of D3 coaches, Chris Waterbury, was eager to continue the dominance his side had so far exhibited in this young season.

The Season Thus Far

Plattsburgh entered the game undefeated after two games while outscoring opponents by a 5-1 margin. Clarkson meanwhile were off to a quick start after two good wins. Both teams had played a combined four games while giving up one goal so the game promised to be a defensive battle.

Game On

Both teams came out looking to possess the ball, but it was the away team that would dominate possession while applying pressure on the Clarkson defense. Despite Plattsburgh leading in most statistical categories, a 0-0 scoreline at the half seemed fair.

The second half provided more of the same and at the sound of the horn the game remained deadlocked. After the first half of regulation, the game appeared headed for a well fought tie. It seemed that only an act of brilliance would be able to break the stalemate . . . and then one came, Ian Spear, Plattsburgh’s junior midfielder delivered a 30 yard screamer in the top left corner of the goal sending the men from Plattsburgh away as deserved winners.

Take Away

A three game win streak to begin the season should have Waterbury’s men in good spirits as they continue their preparation to challenge for the SUNYAC crown. For Clarkson, they have already shown in the young season that they will come ready to play.

Around the Region

St. Lawrence 2, Ithaca 1 - A solid come from behind overtime win for a new look St. Lawrence team, while Ithaca must feel hard done to not come away with a result.

Bard 2, SUNY-Canton 2 - The most improved team in the Liberty League last season, Bard, makes a strong start in 2016

Cortland State 2, Elmira 0 - The SUNYAC will once again be a very tough league with Cortland among the challengers to Oneonta's throne.

Clarkson 1, Brockport State 0 - Tough weekend for Brockport, but this team is talented enough to get over this early season stumble. For Clarkson, this might be signs of things to come.

St. John Fisher 3, Hobart 1 - Hobart were unlucky to miss out on the big dance last year, but they must right the ship soon. Very good win for St. John Fisher, who will now hope Hobart will right the ship as well.

Cortland State 3, Skidmore 1 - Cortland may just be the next beast from the East.

Alfred 2, Penn State-Altoona 0 - After a very good 2015, Alfred is off to a promising start.

RPI 2, Utica 0 - Coach Clinton’s men know well the importance of a good start to the season, after dancing to the second round of the NCAA’s in 2015.

Team of the Week

SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh would have been here after a 3-0-0 start to the season, but Ian Spear’s early goal of the season contender was just the cherry on top.

 


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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]

 

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1999 National Champion with St. Lawrence.

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