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Men's soccer punches E8 Playoff ticket with 1-0 win at Houghton; Gators secure No. 2 seed

Men's soccer punches E8 Playoff ticket with 1-0 win at Houghton; Gators secure No. 2 seed

 

SAGE TOPS HOUGHTON IN EMPIRE 8 MEN'S SOCCER ACTION, 1-0;

GATORS PUNCH TICKET TO EMPIRE 8 PLAYOFFS AND NO. 2 SEED

Houghton, NY—Sage's men's soccer team travelled to Houghton College on Saturday in a must win Empire 8 match. The Gators did just that as they beat the Highlanders, 1-0. With the win, Sage is now 9-8 overall and 3-3 in the Empire 8 as the final day of league play wraps this evening.

The Gators have secured the team's second Empire 8 playoff berth having earned a bid in 2017 in the team's first season as an Empire 8 member. The team is the No. 2 seed and will host a semifinal match on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7p.m. against Alfred University. Earlier in the year, Sage beat Alfred 1-0 at Alfred on September 28 to open league play.

Tournament Seeds

  1. Nazareth             16 points 5-0-1
  2. Sage                     9 points  3-3
  3. Alfred                   9 points 3-3
  4. Elmira                   8 points 2-2-2

After playing Houghton to a scoreless first half, Sage's junior forward Griffin Goodemote (Broadalbin, NY/Broadalbin Perth) scored what would be the game-winner on a pass from sophomore Christian Vaalstuen (Lillestrom, Norway) and sophomore Kevin Winglosky (Shodack, NY/Ichabod Crane) to keep the Gators' season alive. The goal is the fourth of the season for Goodemote and his 2nd game-winner this fall.

Sage's sophomore goalkeeper Lucas Bourdeau (Castleton-on-Hudson, NY/Maple Hill) made four saves in earning the shutout win as he is 9-8 this fall and the Gators have had four shutouts along the way.

 

                         

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