Men’s Soccer Falls on Senior Day
October 20, 2012
The Keuka College men’s soccer team only allowed one goal during Saturday’s Senior Day home game with SUNY Canton, but it was enough to send the Storm to their third straight loss.
Keuka (7-6) suffered a 1-0 setback to Canton (7-7-1) on a picturesque fall afternoon at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
SUNY Canton scored the only goal of the contest with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Keelon Jospeh played a cross to Shane Powell, who scored towards the far post in the 35th minute.
Before the game started, seniors Ron Burd (Penn Yan, NY/Penn Yan), Reis Cunningham (Red Creek, NY/Red Creek), Frank Iacovangelo (Rochester, NY/Aquinas), John Mastrella (Rochester, NY/Greece Athena), Kyle Rivera (Horseheads, NY/Horsehead), Justin Ryan (Berkshire, NY/Newark Valley) and Nate Smith (Hilton, NY/Hilton) were honored for their hard work and dedication towards the Storm men’s soccer program
This group helped Keuka post a 33-22 record with three straight appearances in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) postseason tournament, including a semifinal appearance in 2010. For the last two years, Cunningham and Smith have also co-captained the Green and Gold.
Smith had a decent look on goal in the 15th minute. He received a pass outside the 18 and attempted a bicycle kick from the center of the field, but Canton keeper William Banahene came up with the save.
Before breaking through for their first goal, the Roos had two good looks on goal on back-to-back shots in the 33rd minute. But each time Canton fired on freshman goalie Preston Vick (Kendall, NY/Kendall), Burd got between the shot and the goal and blocked the scoring effort.
The score remained 1-0 heading into halftime, when Keuka held its Parents’ Day festivities.
Sophomore Austin Gerber (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) had two good looks on goal in the second half. Just ninety seconds into the second, Gerber got free and ripped a shot from six yards out, but Banahene was there for the save.
Sixteen minutes later, Gerber brought the ball across midfield and fired a shot from 30 yards that sailed just wide of net with 27:55 remaining.
Vick kept the deficit at one with a nifty save in the 67th minute. Ashley Butterworth fired a shot from 20 yards out that Vick initially stopped. While falling to the ground, Vick kept his composure and pulled down the loose ball to keep the score 1-0.
But the Keuka attack never could net the equalizer and lost for the fourth time during the six-game homestand. Vick finished with four saves for Keuka, which was outshot 16-10.
The Green and Gold have two North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) road games remaining: at 6 p.m. Tuesday night against Morrisville State, and at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 against SUNYIT.
The NEAC postseason tournament begins Oct. 31, with the top five teams qualifying. Keuka (5-3 NEAC) currently sits in a tie for fifth-place with SUNYIT.