Freshman Cory L'Hommedieu (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) scored the first goal of his Keuka College career to lift the Wolfpack to a 1-0 win over conference rival Cazenovia College Wednesday night under the lights at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
Senior Austin Gerber (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) slotted a ball to L'Hommedieu, who dribbled past a defender and scored from 20 yards out towards the far post with 16:25 remaining to provide the only score of the game as the Wolfpack (3-1, 1-0 NEAC) won their North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opener.
Brad LeFevre, the Cazenovia (2-3, 1-2 NEAC) goalie, made a diving attempt to stop L'Hommedieu's shot, but the ball snuck under his arms for the deciding goal.
Junior Preston Vick (Kendall, N.Y./Kendall) made four saves to post his second shutout. His most impressive stop came in the 37th minute, when Ryan Hanehan fired a shot from 20 yards out that Vick punched over the crossbar to maintain the shutout.
Both teams had solid looks on goal in the second half, but neither squad was able to break through.
Freshman Edler De Castro (Willemstad Curacao/SGO Jacques Ferrandi) blasted a 30-yard shot in the 48th minute, but while the shot was on target, the ball sailed over the crossbar.
Three minutes later, freshman Noah Titus (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) had a similar look on goal, but as his acrobatic shot took off towards the far post, it curled over the bar, keeping the game scoreless.
In the 72nd minute, Corey McNair got his head on a ball at the six-yard line, but junior Joe Maier (Spencerport, N.Y./Spencerport) challenged the shot and deflected it wide of net.
After L'Hommedieu found the back of the net, the Wildcats had one last good look on goal, but Hanehan's shot from 12 yards out missed the mark high, and Keuka played solid defense down the stretch to close out the win.
The Green and Gold travel to Wells College at noon Saturday, part of a four-game roadtrip.