The Keuka College men's soccer team scored six minutes into Tuesday's Senior Night contest with Alfred State and held on for a 1-0 win at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
Freshman Leandro Curran (New York, NY/Westlake) scored 5:06 into the contest for all the offense the Storm (5-6-1) would need to send senior Nate Schreiber (Hilton, NY/Hilton) out a winner in his final home game.
"It feels awesome to win on Senior Day," said Schreiber, who has started all 58 games in his Keuka career as a defender and midfielder.
"One thing I told the guys before the game was let's just win. I don't care how we did it or how many goals we won by, and we did more than just win; we played a great game We looked the best we've looked in a while, keeping the ball, getting forward and doing all the things we needed to do to come out on top."
Junior Austin Gerber (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) slotted a pass from 30 yards out to Curran, who was inside the 18-yard line. Curran dribbled in on goal before sending his shot into the far corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead.
Freshman Willie Romero (Jersey City, NJ/Union City) stopped two shots for his first collegiate shutout.
A stout Storm defense, led by Schreiber, sophomores Joe Maier (Rochester, NY/Spencerport), Alex Post (Spencer, NY/Spencer-Van Etten) and freshman Zach Briggs (Cicero, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse) made the early lead stand up.
"I was a little nervous and a little sad. It's tough being the last home game when you've played 58 games for Keuka," said Schreiber, who scored three goals with 14 assists (20 points) in his Storm career.
"It was huge to score early, especially when you're playing a team like that where the longer you let them stay in the game, the more of a chance they will have to win. Scoring that early sometimes knocks the wind out of them and they didn't have much after that."
The Storm nearly had a two-goal lead one minute after Curran's tally. Off a corner kick, Curran sent a service into the box, but Maier's header was corralled by keeper Nick Smith.
Alfred State had a solid look on goal 15 minutes in, but Anthony Prete's header from six yards out sailed high over the goal.
With 1:07 remaining in the half, Maier had another open look on goal from six yards out, but this time his header sailed over the goal. Keuka outshot Alfred State 5-4 in the opening half and took a 1-0 lead into intermission.
Four minutes into the second, junior David Caramella (Oswego, NY/Oswego) made a nice run and took a shot from 15 yards out, but Smith once again made the save.
Gerber pushed a blast from 25 yards wide of goal, and later in the half, freshman Paulin Kolodja (Rochester, NY/Aquinas) had an open look from eight yards out, but Smith made the save.
The Green and Gold controlled possession for much of the second half and outshot the Pioneers 8-2 in picking up their first win since a 2-1 victory over Alfred University on Oct. 1.
Missing five starters from opening day hurt the Storm's chances of qualifying for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) postseason tournament, but despite all of the adversity, Schreiber said he was impressed with the way his teammates battled back.
"I'm very proud of this team, to be able to fight through all of the injuries and all of the losses and still be playing well like this is huge," Schreiber said. "I just hope we can close out the year strong."
The Storm are on the road for three straight to close out the season. Keuka travels to Penn State-Berks for a 1 p.m. contest Saturday before taking on Penn State-Abington at 1 p.m. Sunday. Keuka closes out the season with a 1 p.m. game at SUNY Cobleskill on Saturday, Oct. 26.