UTICA: The Herkimer Generals men’s soccer team scored two goals late in the second half to beat MVCC 2-0.
Freshman Marvin Tapia scored Herkimer’s first goal with sixteen minutes left in the second half, with Sophomore Gianni Cognata picking up the assist. The Generals iced the Region III contest on an unassisted tally by sophomore Gus Ward.
“It was hard to score,” Ward said. “We fought hard and they defended well. Scoring the last goal was definitely a big weight off of my shoulders. Two goals made it a lot nicer. We played well as a team.”
Herkimer goalie Roandre Wollery made two saves in the game, and the Hawks’ goalie Carson Nedell stopped 6 of 8 Generals shots.
Since it took 74 minutes for one team to score, there is no question that this game was a tough offensive and strong defensive performance for both teams.
“They (MVCC) played us tough,” Generals’ head coach Pepe Aragon said. “They defended and have a lot of numbers behind the ball, and it was tough for us to get behind them. But it was a matter of time where we were wearing them down a little bit. The second goal was a nice goal by Gus. MVCC played very tough tonight.”
The Hawk’s head coach Dominic DiMaggio said that he was impressed by the team’s defensive performance,
“We looked to play a little more defensively today,” DiMaggio said. “We knew that Herkimer was going to be good and be really dangerous in the attack, so we did try to take it easy in the first half to try to feel out the game. Our defense played lights out tonight.”
But DiMaggio also said that he was unhappy with the amount of missed opportunities MVCC had in scoring.
“We’ve got to bounce back and grow from this situation,” the Hawks’ head coach said. “A lot of our games this year had been one or two goal games, which a lot of the times that bounce is not going your way and the keeper is making saves. We got to go into the final four games of our season, battle each game, and do what we need to do make sure that we are successful in these games.”
The Hawks drop to 3-8 overall. After losing their first game of the season and snapping their 13-game winning streak against Cayuga Community College last Wednesday (Sept. 30), Herkimer got back on track with today’s victory. The Generals now sit at 14-1.
“I think we got some great leadership from some really talented freshmen,” Aragon said. “I think the combination has been very successful for us.”
The Generals, ranked #4 in the most recent NJCAA National rankings will be back home this Saturday to face off against Genesee Community College at 3 p.m. The MVCC Hawks will play Jefferson Community College on the road this Saturday at 3 p.m.