Men's Soccer Season Ends at Nationals!

Men's Soccer Season Ends at Nationals!

The Cougars qualified for the 2018 NJCAA National Championship Tournament as the #4 overall seed with a 15-2-1 record. Their first round matchup would be with the #5 seed Cayuga who had knocked off Herkimer in their Regional Championship Game. In the 2018 NJCAA National Championship Quaterfinals the Cougars held the statistal edge over Cayuga on paper but at the end of regulation the score was 0-0 even though the Cougars held a 15-2 shot advantage. Unforutnately, the Cougars left too many scoring chances on the field during regulation that would come back to haunt them. The Teams played into double OT and it was still deadlocked at 0-0 after 110 minutes of play. The game advanced into Penalty Kicks and the Cougars could not convert when needed. Cayuga would defeat the Cougars in PK's by a score of 4-2 to advance to the National Semifinals against the #1 seed Nassau.

The Cougars however would play a consolation game against #8 seed Howard CC. From the start you could tell the Cougars were run down after losing a heartbreaker the day before and playing 110 minutes of soccer less than 24 hours before. The game would go back and forth with 7 goals total being scored in the game. Unfortunately, for the Cougars only 3 of the 7 goals were scored by them. The final was 4-3 in favor of Howard CC. 

At the conclusion of the 2018 NJCAA DIII Men's Soccer National Championship Tournament Freshman Tobias Rawson Paz was named to the All Tournament Team for the Cougars. The Cougars finished the year with a 15-4-1 record, their 6th Region XIX Title, a slew of All Region and All Conference players. Coach Nuss was named NJCAA Region XIX Coach of the Year and Freshman Lautaro Berisso was named Region XIX Player of the Year. The Future looks bright for the Cougars!