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The Telegram
  • MEN'S SOCCER: Generals advance to national semifinals

  • NOVEMBER 8 MEN'S SOCCER



    Charlie Anderson delivered a goal in the 82nd minute of Thursday and the Herkimer County Community College Generals extended their defense of the NJCAA’s Division III title into the semifinals with a 1-0 win over Brookdale Community College.

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  • HERKIMER COUNTY CC 1, BROOKDALE CC 0
    Charlie Anderson delivered a goal in the 82nd minute of Thursday and the Herkimer County Community College Generals extended their defense of the NJCAA’s Division III title into the semifinals with a 1-0 win over Brookdale Community College.
    The Generals (18-2-0), ranked first and playing at home at Wehrum Stadium, play again Friday at 4 p.m. against Bunker Hill Community College. Second-ranked Bunker Hill advanced on penalty kicks after playing Richland College to a 1-1 overtime draw in Thursday’s second match. Richland, a five-time national champion, met Herkimer in the final three years in  a row from 2004 to 2006.
    Herkimer controlled the flow of Thursday’s match but remained deadlocked with the Jersey Blues deep into the second half. The Generals created plenty of scoring chances but struggled to put their shots on goal. They outshot Brookdale 7-1 but sent numerous shots high and wide of the goal. Craig McCabe skimmed a direct kick off the top of the crossbar with 19 minutes left to play and sent several other set pieces long with a strong tail wind in the second half.
    “Craig had a couple great ones,” Herkimer coach Pepe Aragon said of McCabe’s free kicks. “He made them extend their defense and I think we wore them down a little bit. With 20 or 25 minutes left I could see them getting a little big fatigued.”
    The lone goal finally came at 81:11 when Korab Syla took a pass from McCabe and made a run to the left corner. He served a cross to the front of the goal where Anderson put his head to the ball and drove it between Brookdale keeper Bradley Bennett and the right post.
    “That was a great service,” Aragon said of the assist from Syla, “and Charlie’s got
    great timing on his runs in the box. Plus, he’s great in the air.”
    Anderson scored two goals in last year’s championship match and had the winner in overtime against Genesee Community College in the Region III final two weeks ago. The regional-winning goal also came off a pass from Syla on his left side.
    The Jersey Blues (17-4-1) bottled up Anderson on the attack in  the first half by packing their defense in front of Bennett and leaving the second-year striker with little room to operate.
    “They sat back against us,” Aragon said. “That’s tough to play against.”
    Syla and Anderson were still able to create scoring chances against the tight defense. Syla, working from his familiar corner of the field, rolled a cross in front of the goal in the 12th minute. Anderson had a chance to play the ball but got tangled with a defender as the ball continued along its path to the right post. Brookdale defender Pat Holiday eventually retrieved the ball about a foot from the end line and cleared it from in front of the goal.
    Page 2 of 2 - Goalie Triston Henry, the most valuable player of Herkimer’s run  through the Region III tournament, made only one save in the team’s 15th shutout of the season. The Generals are unscored upon through four postseason contests.
    Bennett was credited with two saves. ‘Brookdale plays again Friday at 11 a.m. against Richland in the first of two consolation matches. The winners of Friday’s semifinals return to the stadium Sunday to play for the national championship at noon.

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