12 Nov Generals advance in NJCAA men’s soccer; MVCC wins at women’s tourney
HERKIMER – Herkimer College came through in a shootout Thursday and advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA’s Division III men’s soccer tournament by eliminating Sussex County Community College in the last of the day’s four quarterfinal matches.
Herkimer’s Generals, seeded third, had played No. 6 Sussex County to a 1-1 overtime tie at Wehrum Stadium, their home field, and defeated the Skylanders 3-2 in the first round of penalty kicks.
The Generals hit the field again Friday against Bunker Hill Community College, the No. 7 seed and a 4-1 upset winner over No. 2 Genesee Community College Thursday. Genesee (14-1-2) had beaten Herkimer (11-1-0) 2-1 in double overtime Oct. 2 when Region III’s two district champions had met during the regular season.
Dallas College-Richland (15-0-1), the undefeated No. 1 seed and three-time defending champion, meets No. 4 Camden County College (14-1-2) in Friday’s first semifinal at 4 p.m. The match between Herkimer and Bunker Hill follows at 6:30 p.m.
Herkimer led Sussex County 1-0 at halftime on a goal scored by Mitchell Bourdeau less than two minutes into the match. Yamato Fujishima assisted on the goal at 1:55.
The Skylanders scored even more quickly at the start of the second half, tying the match with a Kymani Bird goal 99 seconds after the restart of play.
The teams combined to put only five shots on goal through regulation play and two 10-minute overtime periods. Manabu Takahashi made one save for the Generals while Matthew Goldfinch had two for the Skylanders.
Ikiel Collins-Brown, Takahashi and Nichlas Kamfjord – three of Herkimer’s first four strikers – converted on their penalty kicks and the Generals clinched the victory when Sussex County failed on its fifth.
Richland got the tournament started with an 8-0 win over Anne Arundel Community College. Camden followed with a 2-1 win over Nassau Community College. Bunker Hill (10-2-1) took advantage of a Genesee red card six minutes into its match and led 2-0 at halftime.
Friday’s winners meet in the championship match at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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Mohawk Valley advances
The Mohawk Valley Community College Hawks trailed at halftime but came from behind to beat the Rowan College of South Jersey-Gloucester 3-1 Thursday in quarterfinal play at the NJCAA’s Division III women’s tournament at Genesee Community College.
Gloucester, seeded sixth, scored first and led 1-0 at the break. Jazmyn Gillette, one of Mohawk Valley’s four Central Valley Academy graduates and a transfer from Herkimer College, tied the score with her 20th goal of the season at the 59:07 mark. The score remained tied for almost 19 minutes before Reilly Rich, who had assisted on her high school classmate’s goal, broke the tie at 77:58. Gillette added her second goal 2½ minutes later.
The Hawks (14-1-0) outshot the Roadrunners (12-3-0) 32-2 and put 17 of their shots on goal. Grace Vit made 14 saves for Gloucester.
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The win advances Mohawk Valley to a Friday semifinal against Dallas College-Brookhaven (16-1-0), the No. 2 seed and an 8-0 winner Thursday over Suffolk County Community College.
Friday’s first semifinal pits top seed Delta College (17-0-0) against No. 5 Brookdale Community College (11-2-0), a quarterfinal winner over No. 4 Genesee, the tournament’s host, in a penalty kick shootout after playing to a 1-1 overtime tie.
Friday’s winners meet at 1 p.m. Sunday to play for the national championship.
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