On a snowy night in Cortland, the Red Dragons kicked off their NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament run hosting the Newbury College Nighthawks. The latter finished the season with an 11-4-4 record while the Red Dragons held a 15-2-3 record heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Cortland Red Dragons: Kelly; Dam, Aronson, Nambiar, Pfeiffer; Tunas, Miner, Keller; Dossou, Ormsby, Yasuna.
Newbury College Nighthawks: Tran; Gonzales, Arreloa, Kalombo, Silva; Baraka, Lopez, Morales, Davis; Barnes, Exceus.
Cortland nearly bagged the game’s opening goal in the 12thminute of play when the ball fell to the feet of Leke Dossou. Following a corner kick, the ball eventually fell to Dossou, but his volleyed-effort went just wide. Minutes later, the Nighthawks nearly had a chance to go in front when Michael Miner’s pass was intercepted by Julius Davis. The forward found himself through on goal but was successfully chased down by Cortland’s Blake Aronson.
Migell Ormsby nearly broke the deadlock in the 36thminute after being played through by Leke Dossou. Ormsby’s snapped at a shot that trickled inches wide of the post after his original shot was blocked.
Ormsby played the role of a playmaker in the 39thminute when Cortland opened the scoring. Jake Keller was played through on goal before seeing his shot saved by the Newbury goalkeeper. Thankfully for the Red Dragons, the ball fell kindly for Keller who pounced on the rebound scoring his 15thgoal of the season and giving Cortland their first goal of the tournament.
The hosts went on to hold the lead for the remainder of the first half and took their one goal lead into the halftime break.
The Nighthawk equalizer came in the 63rdminute off of a set piece from the side of the penalty area. Josue Lopez found himself in plenty of space following Rony Morales’ low cross. A play clearly drawn up on the training ground gave Newbury College hope.
Cortland quickly regained the lead in the 66thminute through a Migell Orsmby goal. Blake Aronson played a ball out wide to Eli Yasuna who beat his man before playing a wonderful ball across to Orsmby who made no mistake.
Jake Keller put the game to bed with ten minutes remaining in the second half after a sloppy giveaway gave Cortland the opportunity to grab a two-goal lead. Sam Fuller cleanly took the ball off the Newbury defender and showed great composure as he allowed for Jake Keller to find space in the box before laying it off to Cortland’s leading goal scorer.
Next up, the Red Dragons will take on the winner of the match between Williams College and Elizabethtown College. Cortland will once again be the favorite to win that match as they have been for a majority of their games this season.