Men’s Soccer Sees Season-Opening Win Streak End

Leandro Curran and the Keuka College men's soccer team suffered a 3-1 setback at home Saturday night to the Alfred University Saxons (photo courtesy of Rachel Parker, Keuka College Sports Information Department).
Leandro Curran and the Keuka College men's soccer team suffered a 3-1 setback at home Saturday night to the Alfred University Saxons (photo courtesy of Rachel Parker, Keuka College Sports Information Department).

The Keuka College men's soccer team played an even first half with a talented Alfred University squad Saturday night under the lights at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.

But Keuka (2-1) were done in during a rough and physical second half.

The Saxons (3-1) scored twice during the first 25 minutes of the half and controlled possession for most of the contest to snap the Keuka's two-game, season-opening winning streak.

Senior Austin Gerber (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) scored his team-leading fifth goal, and junior Preston Vick (Kendall, N.Y./Kendall) made seven saves in a losing effort.

Alfred took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. Jeff Thomas ripped a shot that caromed off the post, out to Kyle Craver, who sent a one-touch shot to the far post from six-yards out.

The Saxons controlled possession against Keuka for much of the opening half, but the Green and Gold broke through for the equalizer late in the half.

Off a free kick, Gerber blasted a 30-yard shot that sailed into the lower corner of the goal to pull the Green and Gold even with 4:32 remaining before halftime.

The Saxons outshot the Wolfpack 13-3 in the first half, but Keuka enjoyed a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.

Alfred took the lead back 6:34 into the second half. Omar Mohammed scored from 12 yards out towards the near post for a 2-1 edge, and the Saxons, who controlled the tempo for most of the second half, tacked on an insurance goal with 15:25 remaining. Graeme Corrigan corralled a rebound and converted a goal into the far post for a 3-1 lead, and the Wolfpack were unable to mount a comeback.

Alfred enjoyed a 25-3 edge in shots. Keuka College, meanwhile, was called for seven yellow cards.

The Green and Gold host Cazenovia College at 7 p.m. Wednesday night in the NEAC opener for both schools.