October 8, 2019

Upstate Update - Week 6

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 at Brockport

Wednesday, October 2

This week brings us the clash of two traditional powers. The SUNYAC is the home of the first ever national champion Brockport and also a h team that experienced decades of success under the legendary coach Chris Waterbury.

Over the past decade the SUNYAC has been dominated by the two Red Dragon teams. Former standout player Coach Taylor aims to continue the building on the Cardinal tradition of winning established by his mentor.

Brockport had an amazing 2018 season including a league and tournament win against the Cardinals before securing the SUNYAC crown by beating the Cortland Red Dragons.

Plattsburgh entered the game looking for a bit of revenge, but more importantly, needing to get on track in an extremely difficult league.

The Season Thus Far

Brockport entered the game with a winning record overall but struggling at 1-2-0 in the SUNYAC.

Plattsburgh entered the game with a losing record overall but at 2-1-0 in the SUNYAC.

Game On

Brockport began the game on the front foot and applied pressure on the visitors. Junior goalkeeper Ryan Wilson was equal to the task and kept his team in the game keeping the Cardinals in the game despite being out possessed and outshot in the first half. Thanks to Wilson, the score remained 0-0 as Plattsburgh entered the half to regroup after repelling wave after wave of attacks by the home team.

The Cardinal defense continued to hold firm and were rewarded for their hard work in the 77th minute when Freshman Cole Weiner got the winner.

The goal was scored after quick thinking and movement in the box by the freshman who recorded his fifth collegiate goal and the first game-winner of his career to give the visitors the win.

Take Away

Plattsburgh are now 3-1-0 in the conference and seem to be rounding into good form at the right time.

Brockport (6-5-1 / 1-3-0) must start winning league games if they hope to repeat as conference champions.

Around the Region

RPI 1, Union 0 - RPI is moving from strength to strength this season and is one of two Liberty League teams already with double digits in the win column.

Clarkson 0, Hobart 0 (2OT) - The Golden Knights are still undefeated in conference play.

Cortland 1, Oswego 1 (2OT) - The Red Dragons are still undefeated in conference play.

Ithaca 2, St. Lawrence 1 - The Bombers continue their winning ways while the young Saints continue to struggle.

Oneonta 1, Buffalo 0 (2OT) - The Red Dragons will be tough to stop this year as they reach ten wins with more to come.

Skidmore 2, Vassar 0 - Skidmore is back in the race for the league tournament.

Alfred 4, Hartwick 3 (2OT) - Alfred gets a confidence boosting win in double overtime.

New Paltz 2, Fredonia 1 - Despite the loss, the Blue Devils still looking good in the SUNYAC.

RIT 6, Bard 0 - The rebuilding continues at Bard while the Tigers are in a hunting mood.

Washington University 1, Rochester 0 - The Yellow Jackets drop a tough game.

Geneseo 3, Potsdam 1 - Much needed league win for Geneseo.

D’Youville 5, Pitt.-Greensburg 0 - Spartans in the middle of a historic season.

Team of the Week

RPI

Engineering an amazing season.

 


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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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