KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – In a rematch of last year's North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's soccer championship final, visiting Morrisville State College scored four straight en route to a 4-2 final decision over host Keuka College Wednesday night in Keuka Park.
The win lifts Morrisville State to 3-5 on the season, 2-0 within conference play.
Senior midfielder Jose Figueroa (Boston, Mass.) led the Mustangs with two goals while fellow senior Ryan Paddock (Montville, N.J.) added a goal and an assist while teammates Stephen Oduro (Kumasi, Ghana) and Julian Rodriguez (Bronx, N.Y.) each collected two assists.
Cody Gaines (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) appeared in net for the opening 13 minutes of play before being relieved by Nick DeVito (Averill Park, N.Y.) for the remainder of the contest. DeVito posted the win behind his three save performance in the final 76:35.
Keuka was the first to collect a score, netting the unassisted tally at the 20:04 mark before a dish by Oduro to the boot of Figueroa in the 29th minute evened the game at one.
After the halftime break, Morrisville State came out firing on all cylinders, netting three straight, including two in just over a minute's time from one another.
Paddock posted his first score of 2017 at the 58:13 mark off the feed from Rodriguez, before Griffen MacWatters (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) put home another dish by Oduro at the 59:56 mark, for the third Mustang tally of the night, and two goal lead.
Figueroa put the game out of reach for the hosts in the 75th minute, as he finished the feed from Julian Rodriguez (Bronx, N.Y.) for the 4-1 advantage.
Keuka would get one back just over a minute later, but it wasn't enough as the Mustangs collected the 4-2 win.
Morrisville State held the 15-12 advantage in shots on the night, including an 11-5 benefit in shots on goal.
The Mustangs return to the field Saturday, traveling to Wells College for a noon kick-off.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.