BENNINGTON, Vt. – SUNY Oswego defeated SUNY Canton 7-1 Sunday afternoon to capture the 2017 LINAO Mountaineer Invitational title after the hosting Southern Vermont College men's soccer team fell 3-0 to the University of Maine Farmington in the consolation game at Everett Field.
SVC (0-5) is back in action on Wednesday when the Mountaineers visit Lasell College for a 4 p.m. kickoff, and Farmington (2-1) is on the road the same day with an 8 p.m. start at the Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Oswego (4-0-1) is off until Friday when the Lakers host St. Lawrence University at 4 p.m., and Canton (1-3-1) looks ahead to its 6 p.m. match on Wednesday at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
Taking the honor of the Invitational's Most Valuable Player was Oswego senior Connor Lunduski (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) who had two goals and three assists over the weekend.
2017 LINAO Mountaineer Invitational All-Tournament Team
Most Valuable Player: Connor Lunduski (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) – SUNY Oswego, Sr.
Jason Siracuse (Rochester, N.Y.) – SUNY Oswego, Jr.
Hassan Musa (Syracuse, N.Y.) – SUNY Oswego, Jr.
Karebo Wilson (Syracuse, N.Y.) – SUNY Oswego, Jr.
Erdous Lebron (San Juan, Puerto Rico) – SUNY Canton, Sr.
Nate Kepler (Carthage, N.Y.) – SUNY Canton, So.
Kyle Smith (Evans Mills, N.Y.) – SUNY Canton, Jr.
Dan Bernier (Poland, Maine) – UMaine Farmington, Sr.
Andrew Longhurst (Middletown, Del.) – UMaine Farmington, So.
Jimmy Thach (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Southern Vermont, Fr.
Sam Duchesneau (Rochester, N.H.) – Southern Vermont, Fr.
CONSOLATION GAME: UMaine Farmington 3 – Southern Vermont 0
The Beavers put one in the back of the net in the 21st minute against SVC, and that proved to be all that was needed to down the Mountaineers in the consolation match. Farmington added another with just over six minutes to go in the first half, and the Beavers capped the game's scoring with a third in the 59th minute.
Farmington outshot SVC by an 18-12 margin and took 11 corners to Southern Vermont's two.
Beaver sophomore William Heimlich (Berlin, Conn.) had a goal and an assist in the win—recording the first score of the day for the eventual game winner.
Farmington senior keeper Matthew Wilson (Hamden, Conn.) made nine saves in the victory (2-1) as SVC freshman goalie Dylan Berg (Tampa, Fla.) turned away seven Beaver shots in the loss (0-5).
A long Beaver pass sent into the box was challenged by both teams before squirting loose to the top of the penalty area; Heimlich was in prime position to rip his first touch into the lower-left corner of the goal for the upper hand.
Farmington freshman Jimmy Pelletier (Tipsham, Maine) got on the scoresheet in the 39th minute to make it 2-0 before the half. A Beaver header into box went towards a swarm of players, and Pelletier made a lunging attempt to connect with the jostled ball as he sent home his first of the year.
Following the intermission, Southern Vermont picked up the pace and made a few strong pushes at goal. The Mountaineers nearly got on the board in the 49th minute but couldn't do so as they put the ball off of Wilson's best friend on back-to-back attempts. SVC junior captain Nikolas Joseph (Coventry, Conn.) hit a great, curling shot with the outside of his right foot from the right edge of the pitch, but Wilson was able to deflect it off the crossbar with a stellar, outstretched save towards the upper-right corner; a failed Beaver clear attempt off the rebound went to Mountaineer freshman Jared Lacoste (Arlington, Vt.), but his second-chance rang off the left post to the relief of the Farmington side.
The Beavers would pad their cushion about 10 minutes later when sophomore Nikolas Marshall (Portsmouth, R.I.) got on the end of a quick double pass from the right side to bang it home. Heimlich sent the ball towards the near post from the right corner, and senior Ethan Stufoso (South Portland, Maine) cleated the ball behind him to the middle of the box; that's where Marshall ran on and slammed it into the frame for the final tally of the contest.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: SUNY Oswego 7 – SUNY Canton 1
Oswego got on the board quickly in the title match with a goal in the fourth minute of play, and the Lakers would score twice soon-after in a span of 1:43 to make it 3-0. Oswego added another with three minutes to go in the opening stanza for a comfortable advantage. Canton got one back shortly into the second period, but the Lakers responded just over a minute later before adding another two for the sizable victory.
Lunduski and Siracuse both registered two goals and an assist for Oswego while Musa provided a helper in the win. Smith notched the lone Kangaroo goal of the game.
Laker freshman goaltender Brian Terra (Lake Grove, N.Y.) made three saves in the victory (4-0-1) as Canton's senior counterpart Austin Lamay (Malone, N.Y.) turned away three Oswego shots in the defeat (1-1).
Just 3:16 into the match, sophomore Caleb Asamoah (Accra, Ghana) put the Lakers on the board for the early lead. A cross came in from the left corner and was deflected off an Oswego body in the box before Asamoah ran on to stuff it in for the 1-0 advantage.
Oswego then went up by a pair in the 25th minute after picking off a Canton goal kick. Siracuse lobbed a volley from the middle of the pitch towards the top of the box, and Sperano ran on, took a touch, and slipped it across to the right side of the frame for his fourth of the year.
Siracuse then notched his second goal of the season off a free kick from Lunduski less than two minutes later. The set piece was sent in from about 40 yards out on the left side of the field, and it found the head of a sprinting Siracuse who met it in the middle of the penalty area with a strike that put the ball into the left side of the goal.
Canton's score came early in the second half when Smith collected a pass at the midfield line and started to sprint down the right side; upon getting into the box, and with a narrow angle at the net, he let one fly towards the top of the frame and beat Terra for his second of the year. That would be all the Roos could muster, however, as Lunduski scored a pair of unassisted goals in 2:48 of clock time to help put it away.
– #LetsGoSVC –