BIG SECOND HALF LEADS UC PAST WELLS
Box Score UTICA, NY (10/15/2013) - Senior captain Kevin McAllister (Boxford, MA/Masconomet Regional) netted two goals and sophomore Greg Silvestro (West Sayville, NY/Connetquot) added an insurance tally in the final minutes to help the Utica College men’s soccer team earn a 3-0 victory over visiting Wells College Saturday night at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium.
The Pioneers (7-7) finished their three-game home stand with a 2-1 record and they have now won four of their last six games. UC will hit the road for three straight games before returning home on Saturday, November 2 for a key Empire 8 Conference game against Elmira to close out regular season play.
After a scoreless first half of play, the Pioneers got on the board in the 53rd minute when McAllister finished a penalty kick past Wells goalie Michael Sciotti to give UC a 1-0 advantage.
Less than seven minutes later McAllister tallied his second of the night and team-best sixth goal of the year after drilling a shot off the top cross bar and into the net from 20 yards out. Classmate Jeffrey Cupka (Wilbraham, MA/Minnechaug Regional) earned the assist on the Pioneers’ second goal.
Sophomore Greg Silvestro (West Sayville, NY/Connetquot) ripped home the third and final goal of the contest in the 88th minute to secure the 3-0 victory. Silvestro scored his fifth of the year, from 25 yards out, off a nice assist from freshman Brandon Horton (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool).
Utica outshot the visitors 22-3 on the afternoon and goalie Anthony Caruso (Easton, CT/Joel Barlow) stopped one shot in his third shutout of the year.
Sciotti made two saves in net for the Express (7-4-2).
The Pioneers will travel to Empire 8 Conference foe Ithaca College on Saturday to square off against the Bombers in a pivotal matchup at 1 p.m.
UC RECORDS 2ND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT IN WIN OVER MORRISVILLE
Box Score Utica, NY (10/1/2013) – The Utica College men’s soccer team converted on its third shutout in its last four games as the Pioneers topped visiting Morrisville State, 2-0, in a non-conference affair on the turf at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium Tuesday night. The Pioneers moved their record to 5-5 overall and they have now won five of their last seven matches.
Utica’s Shane Ruffing (Rochester, NY/Westborough) and Kevin McAllister (Boxford, MA/Masconomet Regional) each scored their team-best fourth goal of the season in the first and second halves, respectively. Morrisville, which entered the game having not lost in five straight contests, moved its record to 6-3-2 overall on the year.
UC got on the board in the 12th minute of the contest when Ruffing received a lead pass from senior Jonathon Peterson (Bedford, NH/New Hampton) and finished the scoring chance into the top left corner from about 15 yards out.
McAllister added an insurance goal for the Pioneers in the 71st minute when he took an Anthony Fotino (Montgomery, NY/Valley Central) pass, made a move to the right of his defender, and ripped a low shot past Morrisville goalie Rob Larkin into the lower right corner of the goal.
UC’s Anthony Caruso (Easton, CT/Joel Barlow) recorded his 17th career shutout to extend his program-record for shut outs in a career. Rob Larkin, from nearby Clinton, NY, stopped eight shots in the loss.
Utica earned a 17-9 advantage in the shot category and the Pioneers were awarded eight corner kicks compared to the Mustangs’ two.
The Pioneers return to the pitch on the road Saturday when they travel to Houghton College to take on the Highlanders at 4 p.m.