September 15, 2014

Upstate Update - Week 3

By D3soccer.com Contributor

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

Oneonta State at Vassar

This week the giants of SUNYAC travelled to Poughkeepsie to face Liberty League titan Vassar in a meeting of undefeated teams. This lovely afternoon ball game would prove the setting of a conference proxy war as two proud programs with big expectations prepared for battle.

The season thus far

Oneonta State entered the weekend ranked fifteenth in the latest D3soccer.com Top 25, boasting an unblemished record and a defense that had not been breached all season. Seniors on this team will have grand memories of 2011 and big dreams for this fall. Vassar was likewise enjoying the young season. Vassar is clearly a team on the rise, making strong NCAA appearances in both 2011 and 2012. This team plays total football and has a home turf that encourages the beautiful game.

Game On

The visitors were in an attacking mood and capitalized in the 21st minute when sophomore Hanz Purtell headed home for a 1-0 lead. Despite continued pressure from the Red Dragons the score remained unchanged for the remainder of the half. Oneonta would strike three times in the second half before Vassar pulled one back in the 85th minute to make the final score 4-1.

Take Away

Vassar (5-1-1) will learn from this loss and have an idea of improvements that must be made before the start of what will be a grueling league schedule. Oneonta (5-0-0) meanwhile will look to continue this great form and maintaining its amazing goals against average intact.

Around the Region

Cortland State (4-2-0) defeated Ithaca (0-3-1) by a score of 2-0 to win their fourth game in a row after a pair of losses to open the season. It’s a good early season recovery for a solid program.

Skidmore (4-2-0) recovered from last week's loss to SUNY Canton by shutting out Sage (1-4-0) and beating Nazareth (2-2-0) by a 4-1 score.

Hobart (3-2-0) fell by the score of 2-0 to a Rochester team moving from strength to strength. With the win the “U of R” are now a solid 3-1-1.

A battle of former champions saw St. Lawrence travel to Brockport State in an attempt to end the Golden Eagle’s undefeated season. Freshman David Medina scored the biggest goal in his collegiate career in double overtime to hand Brockport, now 3-0-3, the 1-0 win.

Empire 8 powerhouse Stevens (2-3-0) continued its up and down start to the season by dropping a 1-0 decision to Muhlenberg while Buffalo State (1-5-0) lost a heartbreaker to St. Lawrence 4-3 in an old fashioned Upstate shootout that raised the Saints record to 4-2-0.

RPI continues their great form to start the season and are now 5-0-1 after a four goal dismantling of Salem State. RPI should enjoy their well-deserved rest this week as Liberty League opponent Skidmore, Oneonta State, and Williams are the next three games on tap for Clinton’s men.

Teams of the Week

Oneonta State and Cortland State

Oneonta State are on a mission, and their league brethren Cortland State will ensure the SUNYAC is heard from come November.



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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