Wolves Blank Wildcats to Advance to NEAC Semi-Finals

Chris Millard (4) continued to lead the Wolves, scoring two goals on Tuesday
Chris Millard (4) continued to lead the Wolves, scoring two goals on Tuesday

MARCY, N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Soccer team posted their third straight shutout as the Wolves defeated SUNY Poly 3-0 to advance to the North Eastern Athletic Conference Semi-Finals over the weekend.

Chris Millard netted a pair of first half goals to lead Keuka College (8-9-1, 6-5 NEAC). Seth Spurgeon added a second half tally and Ryan Mavretish made three saves for the Wolves.

#6 Keuka College 3 at #3 SUNY Poly 0 – NEAC Quarterfinals

The Green and Gold possessed the ball early on Tuesday, pressuring the Wildcat goal with multiple corner kicks in the opening minutes. The game would progress to a battle for possession. SUNY Poly was awarded multiple free kicks from the edge of the box, but both attempts were off frame. The game would remain scoreless until the 32nd minute as Chris Millard scored his eighth of the season. Benjamin McKeown set up the goal for his first career point and assist. Minutes later, the Green and Gold doubled their lead as Millard found the back of the goal again to make it 2-0 Keuka. The Wolves would carry that lead into halftime.

The Green and Gold continued to push in the second half. In the 59th minute, Jared Burns set up Seth Spurgeon for the tally as the Wolves increased the lead to 3-0. SUNY Poly had a good attempt in the middle of the half with three consecutive shots blocked by the Keuka defense. The fourth effort went wide of goal as the Wolves preserved the shutout. Ryan Mavretish made two of his three saves in the second half as Keuka College saw out the 3-0 playoff victory over SUNY Poly.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College levels its all-time series with SUNY Poly at 9-9-3, snapping a two-game losing streak to the Wildcats
  • The Wolves are now 19-7-3 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, improving to 5-4 in the quarterfinal round
  • Keuka College advances to the NEAC Semi-Finals for the first time since the 2016 season
  • Millard has gotten hot at the right time. The senior has scored six goals in the last four games for Keuka College. He now has 20 goals in his career
  • Ryan Mavretish earned his third straight shutout. He has five in his career, tying for sixth most in program history
  • Mavretish also climbs the career win list, moving into a tie for fourth with 14 career victories in goal

Up Next for Keuka College: Next up for the Wolves is the #2 seed Penn St.-Abington Nittany Lions. During the regular season, Keuka College scored three straight to overcome a two-goal deficit to the Nittany Lions, defeating Penn St.-Abington 3-2. The semi-final matchup will kickoff at 2pm on Saturday. Penn St.-Harrisburg earned the top seed in the tournament and will host the final four.