The Keuka College men's soccer team took a big step towards clinching a berth in the annual North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) postseason tournament, thanks to Saturday's come-from-behind, 2-1 win over Penn State-Abington.
Senior Austin Gerber (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili), the national leader in goals and points among Division III student-athletes, scored the tying goal and sophomore Paulin Kolodja (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) added the go-ahead score as Keuka (9-2-1, 5-1-1 NEAC) remained in second place in the NEAC with three conference clashes remaining.
The top five schools advance into the NEAC tournament, which runs Nov. 1-9.
Gerber now has 17 goals with five assists (39 points) in just 12 games. Gerber leads all of Division III in goals and points, he ranks in the top three in the country in both goals per game (1.42) and points per game (3.25), and he is closing in on Keuka's single-season records for goals and points in a season.
Loreto Barbone (2000-03) holds the Keuka College record for goals (18) and points (47) in a single-season.
Taking on Abington (2-6-4, 2-2-3), the Nittany Lions struck first, scoring on Alex Martins' tally in the 12th minute.
Sophomore Zach Briggs (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) had a good look at the tying goal, but his header from in close was saved with 21:40 remaining in the opening half.
Gerber tied the game early in the second half, sending a rocket shot from 18 yards out into the upper corner of the goal to even the score in the 50th minute.
Freshman Edler De Castro (Willemstad, Curacao/SGO Jacques Ferrandi) had a golden scoring opportunity in the 63rd minute, but his effort from 12 yards out was saved by keeper Dan Saint-Pol (six saves).
Kolodja provided the game-winning goal with 17:27 remaining. He rifled a 28-yard shot on goal that was deflected and sailed into the near post for a 2-1 lead, and a stout Keuka defense made the lead hold up as Keuka won its fourth straight.
Junior Preston Vick (Kendall, N.Y./Kendall) made one save in the win. The defense was led by juniors Joe Maier (Spencerport, N.Y./Spencerport) and Richie Weit (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili), and sophomores Briggs and Ben Geloso (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas).
The Green and Gold host Bryn Athyn (Pa.) at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.