Men’s Soccer Earns No. 3 Seed for NEAC’s in Loss

Senior Austin Gerber scored his nation-leading 26th goal of the season, but men's soccer fell to Lancaster Bible College 3-1 Saturday afternoon.
Senior Austin Gerber scored his nation-leading 26th goal of the season, but men's soccer fell to Lancaster Bible College 3-1 Saturday afternoon.

Senior Austin Gerber (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) scored his nation-leading 26th goal of the year, but the Keuka College men's soccer team fell to Lancaster Bible College 3-1 Saturday afternoon on Senior Day.

With the loss, Keuka (11-4-1, 7-2-1 NEAC) earned the No. 3 seed for the upcoming North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) postseason tournament.

Morrisville State (14-2, 9-1 NEAC) will host the tournament after finishing as the NEAC's regular-season champions.

Lancaster Bible College (11-5-1, 7-2-1), Keuka and Wells College (11-5-1, 7-3) each finished with 21 points, but the Chargers earned the No. 2 seed after Saturday's win over the Green and Gold. Keuka received the No. 3 seed over Wells thanks to a tiebreaker, and a 3-0 road win over the Express Sept. 13.

Penn State-Abington (4-7-4, 4-3-3) earned the No. 5 seed. Wells hosts Abington in a NEAC quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Keuka will play the Chargers in one semifinal, Nov. 8, with Morrisville taking on the winner of Wells/Abington in the other semifinal.

The NEAC championship is Nov. 9, and the winner earns the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III tournament.

Taking on the Chargers in the regular-season finale, Lancaster Bible struck quickly for a 1-0 lead. Edward Bills scored on a 16-yard shot just 1:18 into the contest for the early lead.

Lancaster Bible extended its lead to 2-0 on Josiah Groff's 16-yard blast in the 11th minute, but Gerber trimmed the score to 2-1 with his nation-leading 26th tally of the year in the 24th minute.

Gerber, who currently leads all of Division III in goals (26) and points (58), juked past his defender and buried a 16-yard shot that sailed inside the far post.

Neither side scored again until Ivan Correa tacked on an insurance goal in the 68th minute. Correa corralled a loose ball, dribbled in on sophomore keeper Willie Romero (Jersey City, N.J./Union City) and converted the breakaway. Romero reached and deflected the shot, but it still sailed inside the far corner of the goal for a 3-1 lead.

Keuka was unable to generate any more offense, and suffered just their third loss in 11 home games.

Romero finished with a career-high 12 saves in the loss as Keuka was outshot 21-9.