MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men's soccer team opened the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) schedule Saturday afternoon with a convincing 3-1 victory over Route 20 Rival Cazenovia College on Drake Field in Morrisville.
Cody Gaines (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) registered five saves in the win in net, withstanding a determined Wildcat front line down the stretch.
Cazenovia had the opportunity to put one on the board early in the contest with a one man breakaway against the senior keeper, but Gaines make a diving save to keep the Wildcats off the board.
In a turn of events on the ensuing clear, Rodriguez got behind the visitor defense for a breakaway himself, and with a quick juke of the Cazenovia goalkeeper, found himself with an open net for the score, his fourth of the season.
Holding on to the 1-0 lead at the break, Morrisville State again had another breakaway minutes into the second half. Rodriguez had a step on the Cazenovia defense on the left side of the field and was brought down from behind within the box, resulting in a penalty kick conversion for the senior, and 2-0 host lead at the 56:16 mark.
Cazenovia's Kyle Johnson cut the lead to one in the 63rd minute, heading the corner kick from Jake Robson inside the left post past Gaines for the one goal deficit.
Morrisville State maintained the one goal lead until the 89:01 mark when MacWatters chipped in the third Mustang tally, securing the conference win for the hosts.
Tom Nicholls recorded five saves in the loss for Cazenovia, who fall to 3-3-0 (0-1-0 in conference play).
Morrisville State (2-5-0, 1-0-0 NEAC) returns to the soccer pitch Wednesday, traveling to Keuka College for a 4 p.m. conference bout with the Wolves.
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 & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.