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Men’s Soccer – Lakers Fall to Nation’s Top Team in Herkimer, 4-Nil

Men’s Soccer – Lakers Fall to Nation’s Top Team in Herkimer, 4-Nil

HERKIMER, NY. – For the first 45 minutes of Thursday's (9/20) contest – the visiting Lakers sent vibes to the home team – Herkimer County CC – that they are a team to be reckoned with. The Generals – entering the game donning the number one spot in the national polls, were delivered a tough test on their own field in the late evening matchup.

In a game where the home team delivered a 4-0 blanking, if you are a huge fan of scoring, well – you had to wait until the second 45 minutes of this pairing to witness any goals being punched in. Neither team allowed a single goal in half number one. After intermission – the lack of goals being scored would change.

The second half would bring a different plot. Herkimer – one minute in – wasted very little time before breaking the 0-0 tie. At minute 46, they went out on top 1-nil. After that, over the next 25 minutes, the Generals would go on to tally three more goals – at minutes 60, 70, and 85.

Despite falling, Finger Lakes (3-6-1, 1-2 MSAC) put forth a scrappy effort on the pitch all evening long and into the early night. The Generals, who remain undefeated at 9-0 on the season, did an excellent job of controlling the ball in the win and were fiercely strong with attacking the Lakers zone for a majority of the game.

Overall, Herkimer outshot Finger Lakes 9-3 in the shutout. The Generals showed in the second half why they are slotted first in the national rankings. Their poise and intensity on offense and defense can be summed up in one word – excellent. Given their opponent, Herkimer definitely had to go out and earn the W.

On the losing end, the Lakers were cited by what would be considered solid efforts out of goaltenders Shane Bly and Matthew MacKerchar. Bly, who played the first 70 minutes of the game, recorded 3 saves in goal. MacKerchar subbed in for the final 20 minutes of the second half and in the process collected a pair of saves.

Finger Lakes will now turn its attention to its next opponent in Clinton CC. The Lakers will take on the Cougars at their own confines today at 3:00 p.m.