SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College had some splendid scoring opportunities, but could not break through Saturday in dropping a 2-0 decision to visiting Mohawk Valley CC in men’s soccer.

Mohamed Kuwa scored from Mohamed Hagi at 41:56 and then Mark Hennings converted from Hagi at 77:21.

North Country held a 7-6 advantage in shots and a 12-3 edge in corner kicks.

“I thought we had better scoring opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize,” NCCC Coach Adam diVincenzo said. “We didn’t come out hungry.

“It was another game where we had the better chances, but couldn’t put the ball in the net and get the result.”

Euan Hunter made four saves for NCCC while Chris Hanifin had seven saves in the shutout.

Mohawk Valley is now 6-0 and has allowed just one goal this season.

North Country (2-4-1) visits reigning national champion Herkimer on Wednesday.

Mohawk Valley 2, North Country 0

Mohawk Valley      1 1 — 2

North Country      0 0 — 0

First half- 1, MV, Kuwa (Hagi), 41:56.

Second half- 2, MV, Hennings (Hagi), 77:21.

Shots: Mohawk Valley, 6; North Country, 7.

Corner kicks: Mohawk, 3; NCCC, 12.

Saves: Hanifin, MV, 7; Hunter, NCCC, 4.


HERKIMER — The Generals put on a clinic, showing the visiting Cougars why they’re the defending NJCAA Div. III champions. In fact, Herkimer has won the national title 10 times.

“They’re a great team, no doubt about it,” CCC Coach Mike Eppler said. “They’re big, fast and they passed the ball well. It was a great exhibition of soccer.”

Ben Polk led Herkimer (6-0-1) with four goals and an assist. Jermaine Winster, Mitsuru Takayashiki and Rodrigo Guerra each scored twice.

Herkimer, who tied Div. I Monroe-Community College 2-2 last week, outshot Clinton 27-2 with Josh Rabideau making 14 saves in goal for the Cougars (4-4).

Clinton travels to Queensbury on Wednesday to take on Adirondack Community College.

“Hopefully, we can get some guys healthy by then,” Eppler added.



SARANAC LAKE — It was hard for Kent Egglefield to find fault with the Saints 2-0 loss to national power Mohawk Valley Community College.

“I was not disappointed in the way we played, but I was disappointed in the outcome,” the NCCC coach said.

“They (Mohawk) are one of the best teams in the country. We possessed the ball for most of the game, but as I told the girls during the week, ‘you’re not going to get a lot of chances, so you have to make the most of the ones you get.”

North Country (6-2) nearly struck first. Courtney Boyea played a beautiful ball in front to Courtney Hosler, who drilled a shot, but right at the keeper.

The Saints had another excellent opportunity later on in the half with Mohawk up 1-0. A Saints’ corner kick resulted in a scramble in front. An NCCC forward managed to get off a shot, but the Hawks keeper stuck out a leg to divert the attempt.

Shelby McCall scored from Ashley O’Connor 14:23 into the game and O’Connor connected from Jordan Case at 32:00 for a 2-0 Mohawk lead.

“We weren’t intimidated,” Egglefield emphasized. “I liked the way we played, but we ran out of gas at the end.”

Mohawk (6-1) held a slim 9-8 edge in shots.

“At halftime, I pointed to the scoreboard. It had the score 2-0, but the shots were even at -5-5,” Egglefield recalled.

North Country takes on another national power in Herkimer Community College on Wednesday in Herkimer.

Mohawk Valley 2, North Country 0

Mohawk Valley      2 0 — 2

North Country      0 0 — 0 

First half- 1, MV, McCall (O’Connor,) 14:23. 2, MV, O’Connor (Case), 32:00.

Shots: Mohawk, 9; North Country, 8.

Saves: Moquin, MV, 6; Egnaczyk, NCCC, 7.


HERKIMER — The Cougars were outnumbered and outgunned from the start in their loss to the Generals (5-1).

Clinton, battling nagging injuries as well, started the match with only 11 players in uniform. Herkimer, however, had 26 women on hand.

The hosts took a 5-0 lead by the break with midfielder Emily Rexford from Canton scoring three times and Dani Nicosia and Teigha Ward, once each. Rexford, Zaira Pabon and Presley Bryant added second-half goals.

“We kept our composure in played till the end,” Clinton Coach Gena Rosenbaum said. “I’m proud of of the way the girls continue to play through despite the adversity.

“The referee came up to me afterward and said how the girls demonstrated great sportsmanship out there. He said that isn’t always the case in (one-sided) games. It was nice to hear.”

Herkimer held a 19-5 edge in shots with freshman Christina Paola making 11 saves in goal for the Cougars.

“Christina has been phenomenal in goal for us,” Rosenbaum stressed.

The Cougars fell to 1-7 on the year.

“All I can do is keep them positive and plugging away,” The coach concluded.

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