HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Keuka College Men's Soccer team followed their offense as they defeated Penn St.-Abington 4-2 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Semi-Finals on Saturday at Penn St.-Harrisburg.
#6 Keuka College 4 vs. #2 Penn St.-Abington 2 – NEAC Semi-Finals
The Wolves got underway with the first attempt of the game, but Jordan Miller's attempt was saved in the first minute. Abington settled into the game and controlled possession in the first. Ryan Mavretish was called upon for a save in the 10th minute, but a ball got behind him in the 16th. Luckily for the Wolves, defender Claude Tuyishimire was there to clear the ball off the line. The Wolves would flip the field and begin to pressure the Abington goal. In the 36th minute, Ibrahim Daraja rang a ball off of the crossbar. Humberto Flores was there for the Wolves to clean up the rebound and give Keuka College a 1-0 lead. The Green and Gold would carry that lead into the halftime break.
After an early corner and attempt by the Nittany Lions in the second half, Keuka College took control. In the 56th minute, Joshua Card set up Suleman Sey for the goal, giving the Wolves a 2-0 lead. The Green and Gold continued to push the game as minutes later, Jared Burns rang a shot off the goal post. A minute following that, Burns set up Chris Millard for the third for Keuka off of a free kick. Penn St.-Abington made it 3-1 in the 66th minute, snapping Keuka's run of three straight games with a shutout. Minutes following the Nittany Lions' goal, Keuka College regained the three-goal lead as Seth Spurgeon found the back of the net. The back and forth half continued as Abington scored their second in the 73rd minute to make it 4-2. The goal by Abington would cap a hectic quarter with five total goals scored. Keuka College would see the game through, defeating the Nittany Lions 4-2 and advancing to the NEAC Championship game.
- Keuka College earns their eighth berth into the NEAC Championship game and first since the 2016 season
- In the 2016 season, the Wolves defeated Penn St.-Abington 4-1 in the semi-finals to advance, their only other meeting in the postseason
- Overall, the Wolves are 5-5-3 all-time against the Nittany Lions
- Ryan Mavretish made a pair of saves in goal for the Wolves, earning his fourth straight win. It was the 15th victory in his career, tying for third most in program history
- Chris Millard netted his 10th goal of the season and fourth game-winning goal
Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will face tournament hosts Penn St.-Harrisburg on Sunday with a berth to the NCAA Division III Soccer Tournament on the line. The Wolves and Nittany Lions have never faced each other in the NEAC Championships. Penn St.-Harrisburg downed Keuka College 1-0 in overtime in the regular season.