Big Second Half Propels Keuka College to Victory

Claude Tuyishimire (11) celebrating his goal on Wednesday -- Photo by Shelby Lamb
Claude Tuyishimire (11) celebrating his goal on Wednesday -- Photo by Shelby Lamb

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Soccer team scored three second-half goals to lift the Wolves to a 3-0 victory over Alfred University on Wednesday evening.

Seth Spurgeon opened the scoring for Keuka College (1-4-1, 0-1 NEAC). Claude Tuyishimire and Jared Burns followed Spurgeon with a goal apiece in the win.

Keuka College 3 vs. Alfred University 0

The Saxons controlled possession early on Wednesday with Keuka College relying on the counter attack. The Wolves created pressure but were always a step too quick with six offsides called against them in the half. Humberto Flores had a quality chance in the 10th minute as he hit a dipping volley from the edge of the box, but a diving saved denied the senior. The Green and Gold continued to showcase their speed and press down the wings. Joshua Card raced down the left side and sent a cross into the box to Seth Spurgeon. Spurgeon ran onto the end of it and let a hard shot go. The ball was saved by the charging Saxon keeper, but fell behind him. However, Alfred was able to clear the ball to safety as the game went to halftime scoreless.

In the second half, Keuka College would not be denied. On 51 minutes, Damian Rutan carried the ball down the left side of the box near the touch line. He sent a pass across to the far post, finding Seth Spurgeon for the goal and 1-0 lead. Minutes later, the Wolves doubled their lead as Abdikarim Maalo sent a corner kick in and found the head of Claude Tuyishimire for the goal, repeating their scoring combination from Saturday. The Green and Gold put a bow on the performance in the 87th minute, again off of a corner. The kick came into the box and both teams fought for possession. Suleman Sey collected the loose ball and slid it to his left and Jared Burns. Burns spun and let a shot go that bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and in as the Wolves defeated the Saxons 3-0.

Game Highlights

Seth Spurgeon opens the scoring for the Wolves


Maalo finds Tuyishimire off of the corner kick


Jared Burns caps the scoring with Suleman Sey getting the assist

KC Notes:

  • It was the second straight win for Keuka College over Alfred as the Wolves are now 7-10-3 all-time
  • Six of the seven wins for Keuka College has come on their home field
  • The goal was the second of the season and tenth of the career for Claude Tuyishimire
  • Stephen Cowulich made a pair of saves in goal to earn his first collegiate victory and shutout

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves return to North Eastern Athletic Conference play this weekend as they travel to Marcy, N.Y. to face the SUNY Poly Wildcats. Keuka College will be looking for revenge as SUNY Poly defeated Keuka 4-1 at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex last season.