MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The top seeded Morrisville State College men's soccer team advanced to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship final Saturday, defeating fifth seeded Wells College by a 2-0 final on Drake Field in Morrisville.
Morrisville State improves to 15-3 overall with the win, and will get the chance to defend the tournament title for an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Mustangs had a chance early on as Jamieson McKoy (Bassatterre, St. Kitts) broke free to rifle a shot towards net three minutes in, but Wells keeper Owen May made a diving save to keep the hosts off the board.
Nearly 10 minutes later, the Express had just as good of a chance, but Morrisville State keeper Eric Berglund (Elmira, N.Y.) cut off the approaching striker to force the ball outside the box.
Morrisville State tested May throughout the opening half, firing nine shots directly at net, but the junior put up a wall and stopped each Mustang attempt to send the game into the break scoreless.
Seven minutes into the second half, though, Morrisville State was able to find the answer for May, as leading scorer and senior forward Joe Sheehan (Liverpool, N.Y.) collected the bobbled ball within the 6-meter box and fired it into the upper left of the goal for the 1-0 lead at in the 53rd minute.
That lead would hold until the 82:29 mark when a one-touch ball by Kossi Philippe Nodjo (New York City, N.Y.) shot past May into the lower left hand corner of the net to give Morrisville State a two goal cushion. Frank Obeng (Bronx, N.Y.) was credited with the assist after crossing the ball from the left to a waiting Nodjo at the top of the box.
Berglund earned the win in net, saving four for the shutout victory, and advancing Morrisville State to the championship final for a fifth straight year, where they will battle the winner of Keuka and Penn St. Abington tomorrow at 3 p.m. As of press time, Keuka held a 2-0 lead.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.