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Brandy Thurston

Morrisville State College men’s soccer will be making their first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament, and as announced in the selection show held at 1:00 PM Monday, will face Carnegie Mellon University in the first round of the Regional Bracket.

 State (15-4-1) earned the automatic qualifier to the NCAA’s after defeating Penn State Abington on Sunday for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship Title.

Carnegie Mellon, host of the Regional, enters the contest with a 12-3-1 overall record and is currently ranked sixth nationally in the latest NSCAA rankings. The Tartans are making their first tournament appearance since 2009.

Morrisville State and Carnegie Mellon meet Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Soccer Field on the Carnegie Mellon campus. A link to live stats and a webcast of the game can be found on the Morrisville State men’s soccer webpage.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.


FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. – Second seed Morrisville State College men’s soccer claimed the programs first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship title Sunday, posting a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory over top seed Penn State Abington in Fort Washington, Pa.

The Mustangs earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament, the first in the history of the program.

Morrisville State improves to 15-4-1 overall and will await further tournament information following the NCAA selection show which is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 1 at www.ncaasports.com.

Playing to a draw for much of the first half, Penn State Abington broke the scoreless tie by collecting a rebounded save and chipping it past Morrisville State keeper, Rob Larkin (Clinton, N.Y.) for the goal advantage at the 39:35 mark. Julian Ward recorded the tally with teammates Alex Martins and Joshua Clinger recording the assists.

Morrisville State continued to put pressure on the Nittany Lion defense throughout the second half and finally broke through, stunning Abington with a scoring volley from Joey Plummer (Gates, N.Y.) from about 20 yards out that deflected high over keeper James Carlin to tie the contest with 4:54 remaining on the clock, forcing the sudden victory period.

A quick and intense offensive attack by the Mustangs in the extra frame led to a crucial Abington foul within the box, awarding Morrisville State a penalty kick just 1:01 in.

Jacob Chase (Cooperstown, N.Y.) fired the ball up the middle and under the crossbar to give the Mustangs the title win. Chase was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, posting his second game winning score on the weekend.

Larkin registered the victory in net, making three stops, all in the second period.

NCAA tournament information will be announced as it is made available.






MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State men’s soccer team fell to nonconference opponent SUNY Canton Wednesday night, 1-0, in Morrisville, NY.

The Mustangs drop to 9-4-1 overall and remain 4-1-1 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play.

After playing a scoreless first half, SUNY Canton took advantage of an early opportunity in the second half when Shane Powell thread the ball through the Mustang defense to Marvin Palmer, who finished the shot past Morrisville goalkeeper Rob Larkin just over a minute into the half.

Both SUNY Canton and Morrisville State had several scoring opportunities throughout the game, as the shot totals were fairly even with the Roos taking 19 and the Mustangs 17.

Morrisville State did everything they could to try to even the score and put a flurry of shots on goal in the final minutes of the game.

With one minute remaining the Mustangs almost tied the game, as a shot was tipped past Roos goalkeeper, William Banahene, but a defender came in and headed the ball out of the goal at the last minute.

Freshman goalkeeper Rob Larkin (Clinton, N.Y.) recorded the loss with 11 saves, while Banahene earned the win with six saves.

Morrisville State is on the road this weekend as they face off against conference opponent Gallaudet University on Saturday, October 13 at 3:00 PM. 






MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State men’s soccer team defeated the visiting Penn State Berks Nittany Lions 3-0 Saturday afternoon in their first annual IACKids game.

On top of earning the win, the Mustangs also raised money and awareness for the Italian American Coalition for Kids (IACKids) not-for-profit organization.

After playing a scoreless first half, sophomore midfielder Gilroy Alvarez (Guatemala) beat two defenders as he sliced his way into the center of the 18 yard box and shot the ball past Nittany Lions goalkeeper John Murphy to put the Mustangs up 1-0 at 49:09.

Sophomore forward Jacob Chase (Cooperstown, N.Y.) scored next for Morrisville State as he finished a Jeffrey Hado (Tema, Ghana) cross at 71:16.

Freshman defender Danny Peckham (Webster, N.Y.) scored the final goal of the match as he headed in a corner kick from Joey Plummer (Gates, N.Y.) at 81:16.

The Nittany Lions had their chances, but couldn’t beat freshman goalkeeper Rob Larkin (Clinton, N.Y.) who recorded the win tallying four saves, earning his third shutout this season.

John Murphy recorded the loss for Penn State Berks with eight saves.

With the win, the Mustangs improve to 8-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play.

Morrisville State is back in action against conference opponent Penn State Abington on Sunday, October 7th at 2:00 pm in Morrisville, N.Y.






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