HERKIMER, N.Y. — The Herkimer County Community College Generals won a hard-fought rematch with Genesee Community College Saturday and claimed the Region III-A championship with their 3-0 victory.
Sophomore midfielder Brian Coyt found the net in the 52nd minute to break a 0-0 tie. Jimmy Calderon assisted as Herkimer took the lead on its first shot of the second half.
Herkimer (14-1-0) had a slow start to the first half, but put pressure on the Cougars with six shots on goal and five corner kicks. Genesee goalie Sean Allen was busy, making six saves to maintain a scoreless tie before the intermission.
The Generals had been held scoreless in the first half just once previously this season and that was in their lone loss against Bryant and Stratton College.
In the 58th minute, freshman forward MacIntyre Felton added to the Generals’ lead with a goal off a corner kick. Sophomore midfielder James Wilson served the ball for Felton’s sixth goal of the season.
Sophomore goalie Triston Henry made a key stop against freshman midfielder Ben Polk midway through the second half, recording one of his six saves in the Generals’ 12th shutout of the year.
Coyt added a second goal in the 87th minute with an assist by Adam Kozecke.
The two-goal performance earned Coyt the tournament’s most valuable player award. Peter McAvoy, Mitchel White and Henry were picked for the tournament’s all-star team.
The top-ranked Generals are two-time defending national champions and will learn their seed for the Division III national tournament Monday afternoon. The eight-team tournament begins in Herkimer Nov. 14 with the championship match set for Nov. 16.
Joining Herkimer in representing Region III in the national tournament will be SUNY-Adirondack which upset Tompkins-Cortland Community College in the Region III-B title match Saturday.