September 12, 2018

Upstate Update - Week 2

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

Stevens (4-1-0) at Vassar (3-1-0)

Saturday, September 8

This week’s game of the week features two teams with big ambitions for the 2018 season.

Vassar has been one of the best and most consistent teams in the Liberty League over the past decade.

The Brewers enter the year seeking to secure their 12th straight winning season.

Stevens meanwhile have been the dominant squad in the Empire 8 and were looking for their biggest win of the season.

The Season Thus Far

Vassar began the season with three straight wins in their preparation for a competitive league schedule.

Stevens opened their campaign with back to back wins before suffering an overtime setback to the Red Dragons from Oneonta.

Game On

As expected when these two teams play, the game was tight and competitive throughout the first half with both teams feeling each other out and staying tight and compact on defense. The half ended scoreless with the Brewers clinging to a slight 4-3 shot advantage at the break.

The deadlock was broken by the home team in the 58th minute  when Brewer junior Nathaniel Kim blasted a free kick through the wall for his first collegiate goal.  The lead stood for 10 minutes before Stevens got the well deserved equalizer from Adam Silva.

Stevens continued to grow into the game and their consistent pressure paid off with goals in the 76th and 77th minutes of the game. A dominant second half by the Ducks saw them outshoot Vassar 12-6 for the game including a 7-1 shot on goal advantage. Stevens had 5 corner kicks compared to 1 for the Brewers in a chippy game where both teams committed 14 fouls a piece.

A 3-1 win was a fair result for the road team who used a commanding second half performance to move to 3-1 on the season.

Take Away

Things don’t get much better for Vassar, as they have upcoming games against a resurgent New Paltz and a strong Oneonta team before starting league play.

Great win for Stevens on the road who will be facing Haverford as they prepare for Empire 8 play.

Around the Region

St. Lawrence (3-0-1) 2, Oneonta State (2-1-1) 0 - SLU’s mix of veteran seniors and talented freshmen remain undefeated after a big road win against a powerhouse program.

Clarkson (5-0-0) 3, Sage (0-4-0) 1 - Don’t look now but the Golden Knights are 5-0, more impressively they have outscored opponents 15-1 so far.

Skidmore (2-1-2) 0, Plattsburgh State (1-3-2) 0 (2OT) - A hard-fought tie between two teams in desperate need of a win.

Ithaca (4-0-1) 3, Hamilton (2-1-0) 2 - The Bombers are back. One of three undefeated teams in the Liberty League will make some noise in this year.

Brockport State (3-1-0) 8, Alfred (0-5-0) 2 - Credit to Alfred for playing a very difficult schedule. This is how you improve as a program.

Oneonta State (2-1-1) 4, UMass Boston (1-5-0) 1 - The Red Dragons right the ship with RPI and Vassar on deck.

RPI (2-2-0) 2, Geneseo State (1-2-2) 1 - Back to back wins has Clinton’s men feeling confident with the league season on the horizon.

New York University (3-1-0) 2, Bard (2-3-0) 1 - Great start to the season seems to have hit a bit of a bump in the road for Bard.

Cortland State (3-0-2) 3, Elmira (1-4-0) 0 - Cortland wins. Up next, St. Lawrence and a battle of undefeated teams.

Rochester (4-0-0) 2, Hobart (1-1-1) 1 - Two big teams do battle, and the Yellow Jackets emerge victorious.

Castleton (2-2-0) 2, Potsdam State (2-2-1) 0 - The Bears need a good season to continue the Adam Parker revolution.

Catholic (2-1-0) 2, Fredonia State (2-2-1) 0 - Fredonia must improve before the competitive league schedule begins

Team of the Week

Stevens (4-1-0)

The Ducks are a good team both at home and away.

 


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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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