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
Plattsburgh State at Oneonta State
Saturday, November 4th
Only good teams play in November -- and only a great team can win the SUNYAC crown.
Over the past few seasons, the SUNYAC has become one of the best conferences in the entire country. Entering the conference tournament, the league was almost guaranteed to have at three teams dancing in the NCAA Championship. A fourth team, traditional powerhouse Plattsburgh State, who is led by the iconic Coach Waterbury, was sitting right on the bubble.
For Oneonta State, this final was a chance for the Red Dragons to enter the dance as SUNYAC champions for yet another season. For Plattsburgh State, it was a chance to guarantee a NCAA appearance after a very impressive season.
It was a great day for what both teams hoped would be the first of two championship games in 2017.
The Season Thus Far
Oneonta had what one might call a typical Red Dragon season. Lots of wins and dominance at home. One game that did stand out, however, was a loss to very strong Cortland State squad. Oneonta arrived at the final after cooling off a very hot Geneseo State.