MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Morrisville State College men's soccer picked up a critical North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win Saturday afternoon, taking down Penn College by a 2-1 final on Drake Field in Morrisville.
The win lifts the Mustangs to 4-2 overall in conference play, and into first in the North Division standings, as they improve their overall record to 5-7 to date on the season.
Despite opportunities by both squads to take the lead in the opening half, Morrisville State was finally able to break through in the 57th minute as senior Ryan Paddock (Montville, N.J.) served up the cross from the right side of the box to an approaching Kossi Philippe Nodjo (New York City, N.Y.) who one-timed the ball for the 1-0 host lead.
Just ten minutes later, senior Jose Figueroa (Boston, Mass.) extended the lead to two, again a one-timer off the cross from the right side of the box, this time from fellow senior Julian Rodriguez (Bronx, N.Y.).
Penn College was able to get one back late in the contest, pulling within one at the 83:47 mark as Seth Bilbie headed the free kick by Gerry Lua past Morrisville State goaltender, Cody Gaines (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) for the tally.
Penn College put together a final scoring effort, but Gaines made two critical stops in the closing minute of the contest, and center back Daniel Sparkowski (East Meadow, N.Y.) a second team save on the afternoon to keep the Wildcats from posting the tying score.
Gaines collected the win behind nine stops on the day, seven alone in the second half of play.
Malcolm Kane registered the loss, turning away five.
Morrisville State edged the Wildcats in shots, 19-18, and corners 8-7.
The Mustangs return to the field Sunday, hosting SUNY Oneonta at 2 p.m. on Drake Field in Morrisville.
Today's game benefited Operation Hat Trick, an organization that is dedicated to American service members as they recover from the visible and invisible wounds of war.
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.