Men’s Soccer Clinch SUNYAC Title in Successful Weekend

Cortland Men’s Soccer secured two more wins this weekend as they went on away trips to both SUNY Geneseo and SUNY Brockport which resulted in a clinching of the SUNYAC title and the top seed in the conference tournament. Cortland currently sits eighth in the national rankings with just one game remaining before tournament play.

The weekend games began on Friday with a meeting in Geneseo. Sam Fuller scored the game’s lone goal in the 67th minute with a shot from over 30 yards out. Fuller’s strike was the first that found the back of the net for him this season. The goal was assisted by Miguel Tunas, who moved his assist total to six, which leads all Red Dragons players.

Goalkeeper Sean Kelly went into the match leading all Divison III goalkeepers in shutouts and picked up another one on Friday moving his total to 11 on the season. Kelly’s 15th match of the season also helped him climb the ladder in Goals Against Average, another statistic he is amongst the best in the nation in. The Junior will hope to carry his form into November during tournament play.

The second of two matches this weekend took place in Brockport ending in Cortland favor 3-2. Anthony Ruggeiro found a goal on either side of the halftime whistle to give his side a 2-0 lead. The first of the pair came in the 12th minute while the second came in the 52nd. Jake Keller moved his team-leading point total to 24 with an assist on Ruggeiro’s first while Tunas’ assist on the second goal furthered his team lead in assists.

The final decade of minutes in regulation was shaky for Cortland though, as they conceded two late goals. The first goal for Brockport came in the 81st minute, giving them something to build on, while the second came with just over a minute remaining. The late showing from the Golden Eagles forced extra time.

Luckily for Cortland, their win streak would continue thanks to a goal from Jake Kaufman. Assisted by Migell Orsmby, Kaufman slid Cortland into the lead to wrap up  SUNYAC play for the Red Dragons. Cortland now look towards a match between Oneonta and Buffalo St. to see who they’ll be hosting in the SUNYAC tournament Semifinals.

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