Kelly nets game winner to lift Generals over Owls

(Michael Pope gave Herkimer a 2-1 lead in the 49th minute of Sunday's game at home on an assist from Eddie Speed).

(Dajhal Kelly gives the Generals a 4-3 lead on an assist from Issak Somow in the 67th minute).

HERKIMER, NY – Needing three hours and 45 minutes to complete Sunday’s (8/28) game at Wehrum Stadium, the #7 Herkimer Generals men’s soccer team needed four goals to defeat Prince George in regulation for the Coliseum Kickoff Tournament Championship.

Herkimer (2-0, 0-0) fell down early in the 23rd and didn’t lead until the 49th minute. The team needed goals by Gianni Cape (Coral, FL) and Michael Pope (East Longmeadow, MA) to gain some momentum. Both goals were assisted by Eddie Speed (Chester, England). It didn’t last long however as the Owls tied the game back up in the next two minutes when Dan Ebiawa found the back of the net over the outstretched arms of Herkimer goalie Sean Connolly (Latham, NY).

Answering four minutes later was Jordan Saling (Haledon, NJ). The sophomore found the back of the net after Dajhal Kelly (Saint Kitts, Caribbean Sea) found him just inside the 18 for his first goal of the season.

Just like when they answered at 2-2, Prince George did the same down 3-2, tying the game in the 56th minute after the Generals were unable to clear the ball as it dribbled down into the goalie box.

Saving the team from a potential forfeit due to the weather was Kelly. In the 67th Kelly scored his third goal of the season on an assist from Issak Somow (Utica, NY), which was the game winner after three separate ties.

Obtaining his second win of the season in goal was Connolly. The sophomore saved six shots.

Up next for the Generals is Onondaga. Herkimer will host the Lazers on Thursday, September 1st at Wehrum Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.


#7 Herkimer Generals 4, Prince George Owls 3


Tied 1-1

GENERALS (2-0, 0-0) Dajhal Kelly 1-1, Jordan Saling, Michael Pope, Gianni Cognata, Eddie Speed, Issak Somow.

OWLS (1-1, 0-0) Edwin Claros 1-1, Dan Ebisawa 1-0, Farouk Tijani, Alton West 0-1, Cristian Rodriguez 0-1.   


Sean Connolly – HERK – 6 saves

Jonathan Claros – PG – 4 saves 

Next Games: 9/1 vs. Onondaga 7 p.m.

-Giorgio Varlaro

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