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The Telegram
  • MEN'S SOCCER: Generals advance to regional final

  • OCTOBER 27 MEN'S SOCCER





    The first goal came in the first two minutes but it was a long wait for the second as the Herkimer County Community College Generals earned a spot in the NJCAA’s Region III championship match with a 2-0 victory over SUNY-Adirondack Saturday afternoon.

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  • HERKIMER COUNTY CC 2, SUNY-ADIRONDACK 0
    The first goal came in the first two minutes but it was a long wait for the second as the Herkimer County Community College Generals earned a spot in the NJCAA’s Region III championship match with a 2-0 victory over SUNY-Adirondack Saturday afternoon.
    “We don’t have much time to recover,” Herkimer coach Pepe Aragon said. “We’re looking pretty banged up for Sunday.”
    The win left the Generals, seeded second with a 16-2-0 record, with 23 hours to prepare for the championship match at Wehrum Stadium where they will play for a 23rd consecutive regional title at 1 p.m. Sunday against either Tompkins Cortland Community College or Genesee Community College, the top seed and last year’s runner-up to Herkimer.
    The Generals led 1-0 almost immediately Saturday. Korab Syla scored with an assist from Raphael Carvalho in the second minute of action. There were plenty of additional scoring chances for Herkimer before halftime but the score remained 1-0.
    “It’s our own fault for not finishing that second goal,” Aragon said. “We had a couple back post chances in the first half and we missed them.”
    Charlie Anderson had the last chance in the first half and fired wide to the left off a cross from Brian Coyt in the 44th minute. A short time earlier, defender Pete McAvoy was called offsides and had a goal nullified when he headed in a rebound off a long direct kick.
    The score went unchanged until the 85th minute when Anderson added a goal with another Carvalho assist. Working to goalkeeper Robert Sprague’s right, Anderson received a pass from Carvalho and hesitated ever-so-briefly to pull the trigger on his shot as the aggressive Sprague slid past him and took himself out of the play. Anderson then gently tapped the ball into the net.
    The Generals held Adirondack (15-2-0) without s hot in the first half and outshot the Timberwolves 15-4 for the match. Triston Henry made five saves in the 12th Herkimer shutout of the season. Sprague had 10 saves for the Timberwolves.
    The loss snapped a nine-match winning streak for Adirondack which previously lost 6-3 at home against Herkimer Sept. 14.
    Herkimer played without midfielder Jordan Stoddart who suffered a season-ending broken ankle in Tuesday’s quarterfinal win against Mohawk Valley Community College.
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