September 6, 2013

Oneonta Mayor’s Cup Tournament set for this weekend

More news about: Oneonta State men's team

It’s that time of year again when college soccer takes center stage in the city of Oneonta, as the 2013 Mayor’s Cup Tournament gets underway Friday afternoon on the campus of SUNY Oneonta.  The three-day event will conclude with games Sunday afternoon on both the Hartwick and SUNY Oneonta campus.  All games are free and open to the public.

Men’s Division III Tournament Preview
The men’s Division III tournament could be a preview of this year’s NCAA tournament, as three of the four teams are currently nationally ranked including SUNY Oneonta at No. 24 in this week’s NSCAA Coaches Poll.  The other two ranked teams include No. 1 and defending Division III national champion, Messiah College, and No. 9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.  The fourth squad is Franklin & Marshall, who comes to town 2-0 after the first weekend of the season.
 
“I can’t imagine a better Division III men’s tournament in the country this year,” said Oneonta head coach Iain Byrne.  “It is a testament to the reputation and history of the Mayor’ Cup that we have been able to attract National Champion Messiah, perennial power Franklin & Marshall, and NCAA tournament regular Claremont, all the way from Los Angeles, for this year’s tournament.  I am sure that soccer fans in Oneonta are in for a treat this weekend, and I would like to say a special thanks to Vince Foti for his support in putting together this year’s event.”
 
CMS will face F&M at 1pm on Friday on Red Dragon Soccer Field to get things started followed by Oneonta versus Messiah at 4pm.  Saturday, CMS will play Messiah at 1pm while Oneonta will face F&M at 4pm.
 
Oneonta opened its season this past Saturday with a 1-0 victory in overtime at Ithaca College.  Dylan Williams netted the game-winner for the Red Dragons with an assist from junior Justin Rivera.
 
Oneonta faced both Messiah and F&M last fall to open the season, coming away with a 2-1 loss to F&M and a hard fought, 0-0 tie with Messiah.  The tie was the only blemish on the Falcons record on its way to its ninth national championship in the last 13 years.
 
Both Messiah and F&M opened the season this past weekend with a pair of wins against Utica College and Medaille.  Messiah defeated Utica 2-1 and Medaille 4-0 while F&M posted back-to-back, 2-0 shutouts against Medaille and Utica.
 
CMS opened its season this past Saturday with a 3-1 win at Westmont.  CMS head coach, Dan Calichman, is in his 12th season after a twelve-year professional playing career. He was captain and central defender for the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1996-1998 and was voted best Major League Soccer defender by USA Today in 1996. He also played for two other MLS teams--the San Jose Earthquakes and the New England Revolution. He played for the United States National Team from 1997-1998 and was the first and only American player to play in the J-League, Japan's professional soccer league.  He is one of the few professional players to have advanced directly from a successful professional career to Division III.
 
Women’s Division III Tournament Preview
The women’s Division III tournament will feature SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick along with visiting teams from RIT and John Carroll University.  Saturday’s games will be at Hartwick College while Sunday’s games will be at SUNY Oneonta.  Oneonta will take on RIT on Saturday beginning at 1pm followed by Hartwick versus John Carroll at 3:30pm.  Sunday, Oneonta will face John Carroll at noon while Hartwick will take on RIT at 2:30pm.
 
SUNY Oneonta will enter this weekend 1-1 after splitting its games at the Cougar Classic hosted by Kean University this past weekend.  The Red Dragons defeated Richard Stockton 2-1 before falling to host Kean 2-1 on Saturday.  Senior Karly DeSimone led the offense with a pair of goals.
 
John Carroll opened its season with a 5-0 loss to Thomas More College and is at Allegheny College today before heading to Oneonta for this weekend’s tournament.
 
RIT opened its season with a pair of dramatic 1-0 victories in double overtime against Allegheny and Otterbein this past weekend.  Their two wins earned them a No. 23 ranking in this week’s NSCAA poll, which marked the first time in the program’s 32-year history that the team has been nationally ranked.
 
Hartwick managed a 1-1 tie in its only game of the season this past weekend against Marywood.  The Hawks were scheduled to play two games, but their opener versus SUNY Cobleskill was canceled because of severe weather.
No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.