October 21, 2010
Panthers wrap up league’s top spot
DRYDEN — This was truly a perfect conclusion to the Mid-State Athletic Conference season for the Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s soccer team.
The Panthers finished up unbeaten in conference play by shutting out visiting Onondaga CC 2-0 in a first place showdown on Wednesday, Allen Krohn with a pair of second half goals for the winners.
The triumph leaves TC3 with a perfect 6-0 record in the MSAC, giving the Panthers the conference title for the fourth time in the program’s history. Onondaga, which also entered the game unbeaten in conference play, drops to 4-1-1 in the MSAC and 9-9-2 overall.
TC3 ends the regular season with a record of 13-4-1 overall and 13-2-1 in Region III.
The game was scoreless through the first 50 minutes, despite some prime opportunities.
Late in the first half, TC3’s Krohn nearly got on the board, beating the Onondaga keeper but his shot ricocheted off the post. Early in the second half, Krohn again came close, heading a ball in after a series of pretty passes, but an offside call wiped the score off the board.
Krohn finally got one that counted with 36:18 left in the game. Lansing product Lucas Heffron, who had another strong game controlling the midfield, flicked a ball to Krohn who then beat a defender down the field. He finished the break by sliding the ball past the Onondaga keeper for what proved to be the game-winner.
Krohn notched his second score with 2:03 left in the game, this time taking a pass from Andrew Horton out of Dryden High and finding the back of the net.
TC3 keeper Brian Wagstaff recorded a single save for the win, setting a new TC3 record in the process with his eighth shutout of the season. The Panthers had a 9-4 shot edge on the day.
The conference champions also earned the No. 3 seed for the upcoming NJCAA Region III playoffs. The Panthers earn a bye in the first round and will be Tuesday hosts of the first round game sending 11th seed Niagara County CC to sixth seed North Country CC on Saturday.
This marks the seventh straight year the Panthers have qualified for the NJCAA regionals and the 10th time in the history of the program. The third seed equals the highest ever for the Panthers.
The Mid-State champions are ranked 12th in the nation,
The Panthers went a combined 6-2-1 against teams that made the tournament. The winner of Tuesday’s game will advance to the Region III Final Four in Herkimer on Oct. 30-31.
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