Men’s Soccer Falls in NEAC Championship Game

Men’s Soccer Falls in NEAC Championship Game

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— The Keuka College Men's Soccer team lost in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship Game on Sunday to Morrisville State by the score of 2-1.

Keuka College finishes the 2016 season with a 12-4-3 record. The 12 wins by the Wolves is tied for the third most in program history.

Willie Romero recorded five saves in goal for the Wolves. Paulin Kolodja led Keuka College with three shots on goal. He finishes his Keuka College career with 26 assists, second most in school history. Kolodja also ranks in the top 10 in school history with 62 career points.

The Wolves and the Mustangs took their time on Sunday to settle into the championship game. Both teams battled for possession in the middle of the field in the opening minutes with neither team producing a quality scoring chance. Keuka's best opportunity in the early minutes came on a 25 yard shot by Chris Millard. The ball was destine for the top left corner of the goal, but was kept out by a leaping save by the Mustangs' keeper.

With 20 minutes left in the first, the Wolves continued to pressure. Paulin Kolodja got the ball on the end line and passed it to Rachid Blanken in the box. The senior's attempt to the short side went off the post and wide.  Minutes later, Millard laid a ball off to Blanken in the box. His left footed attempt once again skidded off the post and wide. The Wolves held a 10-8 shot advantage in the half, but the goalies were up to the task as the game went to halftime scoreless.

Morrisville came out of the locker rooms and applied pressure to the Wolves. Their buildups were eventually stopped by the Keuka College back line or by Romero in goal. In the 55th minute, Morrisville St. attempted a free kick from 45 yards out. The ball found the upper right corner as the Mustangs took a 1-0 lead. In the 62nd minute, Rohel Duncan fed Kolodja into the box on the left side. The attempt by Kolodja was hit into the back of the net by a Morrisville defender to tied the game at 1-1. The Mustangs responded minutes later as they slid a ball behind the Keuka College defense and into the back of the net for the 2-1 advantage.

Keuka College took the restart at midfield and went right down the field. The Wolves were rewarded with a free kick 28 yards out. The attempt was headed around the box before being cleared. Keuka College continued to attack, but were unable to find they back of the net. Their best chance came with six minutes remaining. Paulin Kolodja got the ball near the penalty spot. While fighting off a defender, he was able to let a shot go, but it was saved by a charging keeper. Morrisville State continued onto the 2-1 victory, winning the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship.