2012 Men’s Soccer Schedule Released
July 3, 2012
Keuka College’s men’s soccer team has finished with a winning record in each of the last 12 seasons, and the Storm’s quest for a 13th consecutive winning campaign will kick off with the two-day, four-team Keuka College Lakefront Classic, held Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
The Storm, fresh off an 8-5-3 overall record that featured a 5-4-2 record in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), opens the 2012 season against the University of Pitt-Bradford at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 in the second of four Keuka Lakefront Classic contests. Wells College and D’Youville College square off at 4 p.m. in the tournament’s first game.
On Saturday, Wells and Pitt-Bradford play at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Green and Gold hosting D’Youville at 5 p.m. Keuka defeated Pitt-Bradford 2-1 in overtime during the 2011 season opener and handed D’Youville a 3-0 setback on Sept. 14, 2011.
The Lakefront Classic begins a period of four straight home games to open the season for Keuka, which plays its NEAC opener at home at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 against Penn State-Abington, followed with a 3 p.m. home clash against Penn State-Berks on Sept. 9.
After a three-game road trip to Wells, Penn State-Harrisburg and Gallaudet University, the Storm returns home for a pivotal six-game homestand from Sept. 28 through Oct. 20, beginning with a 7 p.m. match against Lancaster Bible College, the team that eliminated Keuka from the 2011 NEAC postseason tournament with a 2-0 setback in the quarterfinals.
During that stretch, Keuka hosts Cazenovia at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2, SUNY Cobleskill at 3 p.m. Oct. 6, Alfred University at 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Elmira College at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 and SUNY Canton at 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Elmira appears to be the toughest non-conference clash, as the Soaring Eagles finished runners-up in the always-competitive Empire 8 Conference.
After taking on Morrisville State at 6 p.m. Oct. 23, Keuka closes out the regular season against rival SUNYIT (9-6-4, 8-0-3 NEAC), the regular-season champions and two-time defending postseason champions who fell to Western New England College, 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
The NEAC tournament starts Oct. 30 and runs through Nov. 4, with the winner earning the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA’s. Keuka last won the NEAC postseason tournament in 2007.
Tantalo has compiled a 67-40-10 mark in seven seasons leading the Green and Gold.
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