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The Telegram
  • MEN'S SOCCER: Strong start for HCCC's defending champions

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  • HERKIMER, N.Y. — The NJCAA’s two-time defending Division III national champions picked up where they left off over the weekend. The Herkimer County Community College Generals defeated County College of Morris and Brookdale Community College at Wehrum Stadium to get off to a 2-0-0 start at the Coliseum Classic.
    Peter McAvoy, an all-tournament selection for the Region III and national tournaments as a freshman, scored three goals in the two matches as Herkimer defeated Morris 3-1 and Brookdale 1-0 on its home turf. Goalkeeper Triston Henry, the regional tournament’s MVP last fall and an all-tournament pick at nationals, did not allow a goal in either contest.
    The Generals controlled the flow of play against Morris but were held scoreless until the 43rd minute when a penalty kick was awarded for a takedown inside the box. McAvoy stepped up to take the shot and lifted the ball over the left shoulder of Morris goalkeeper Dominico Martirano.
    Herkimer struck again early in the second half. Jermaine Windster tallied with an assist from Jacob Butler-Bowdon 79 seconds into the period for a 2-0 lead. McAvoy added a second goal assisted by James Wilson to complete the scoring for the home team.
    Austin Santor replaced Henry in goal with the Generals leading 3-0 and Morris got a goal from Michael O’Keefe in the final five minutes of the match. Each Herkimer keeper was credited with two saves while Martirano had eight.
    Henry made five saves Sunday as the Generals notched their first shutout of the young season in a rematch from last year’s NJCAA quarterfinals. Herkimer had defeated Brookdale by the same 1-0 score in November.
    McAvoy, a 6-foot-2 defender from Scotland, was again the goal-scorer, rising above a crowd to head a Wilson corner kick into the net 36:16 into the first half.
    McAvoy tallied one goal during his freshman year.
    Brad Bennett made nine saves in the loss for Brookdale, ranked sixth in a season-opening national poll with Herkimer at the top.
    The Generals are off until Sept. 11 when they play at home again against SUNY-Adirondack.
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