Herkimer Men's Soccer wins Region IIIA Championship with 2-1 overtime win vs Cayuga
Batavia, NY – The Herkimer men’s soccer team defeated Cayuga CC 2-1 in overtime to win the Region III A championship at Genesee CC. Sophomore Ryheim Hinds (Bridgeport, Connecticut) scored the first goal of the game in the 43rd minute off an assist from sophomore Gian-Luca Fahling (Domat, Switzerland). Fahling served the ball in off a set piece to Hinds who finished off a first time volley from eight yards out to put the Generals up 1-0. Cayuga tied the game up in the 56th minute of a corner kick. The Spartans Matthew Devlin scored off a missed clearance from the Generals to tie the game up.
Sophomore Shemar Blair (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) scored the game winner with three minutes left in the first overtime off a deflection shot from sophomore Mupenzi Irakiza (Syracuse, NY). Irikaza took a shot from eighteen yards outs that took a deflection off a Cayuga defender for the first time finish from Blair for the game winner. Hinds was named the tournament most valuable player and Blair, sophomore Tyler Dobinson (Exmouth, England) and goalkeeper Tinius Klausen (Oslo, Norway) were named to the Region III all-tournament team.
Klausen finished the game with five saves. The Generals now move to 17-0-0 and ranked #2 in the most recent NJCAA national poll. The Generals now wait for the seedings for the Division III National Championships, hosted by Herkimer College. Herkimer will play on Thursday, Nov 14 in a NJCAA National Quarterfinal game with the time and opponent to be determined by the NJCAA National Men's Soccer Committee on Wednesday, Nov 6.