November 5, 2013
Red Dragons head into semis on a roll
Heading into the postseason, the SUNY Cortland men’s soccer team has been on a bit of a roll.
Coach Steve Axtell’s squad has gone 7-1-1 over their last nine games prior to hosting the College at Brockport in Wednesday afternoon’s 1 p.m. SUNY Athletic Conference semifinal contest on Jets Field.
The Red Dragons (10-6-1) are seeded second and received a first-round bye, while third-seed Brockport (11-1-5) was a 4-1 first round winner over sixth-seed Potsdam this past Saturday.
Cortland has also had 5-1-1 playing at home this season, with that lone tie a 1-1 double overtime standoff against Brockport back on Oct. 19.
Cortland has out-scored opponents 35-20. Junior goalie Tim Beauvais has posted six shutouts and has a 1.20 goals-against average, surrounded by a defense bolstered by senior captain Ian Cusack.
Senior Bryan Merlos and junior Darren McCormack have been the leading scorers for Cortland. Merlos had six goals and four assists, while Ireland native McCormack also with six goals to go along with a trio of assists.
Sophomore Dillon Johnson (5 goals-0 assists), soph Robby Reiser (3-3) and senior Joe Buffolino (1-5) have also been productive offensively, as has former Brockport booter and junior Tyler Marsh out of Marathon who has appeared in all 17 Cortland contests and has three goals to his credit.
Sophomore forward Peter DiLorenzo leads Brockport with 13 goals and an assist this season, while Bobby Ross and Chris O’Gorman have scored six goals piece. Keeper Casey Sullivan, a sophomore out of East Syracuse-Minoa, has eight shutouts and carries a 0.57 goals-against average.
Regular season champion Oneonta (11-3-4) is hosting the other men’s semifinal game at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, to face fourth-seed Plattsburgh (13-5-1). The title game is Saturday, with the highest remaining seed the host school.
— SUNYAC women’s semifinal games are also on tap for Wednesday, with 4th-seed Brockport (12-4-1) traveling to top-seed Oneonta (10-4-3) at 11 a.m. and 6th-seed Geneseo (6-7-5) visiting second-seed Buffalo State (11-5-2) at 1 p.m.
Geneseo knocked out third-seed Cortland this past Saturday, advancing on penalty kicks after a 1-1 overtime tie.
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