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October 12, 2013

Hawks men move to 2-0 atop MAC

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Dean Fowler’s first college goal came in the 15th minute Friday and it held up as the Hartwick College men’s soccer team earned a 1-0 Mid-American Conference victory over visiting West Virginia at Elmore Field.

The Hawks, who beat nationally-ranked Akron last Saturday, won their third straight game to improve to 4-5-2 overall and 2-0 atop the MAC standings.

Max Walcott started the scoring play by serving a low cross into the Mountaineers’ box after a deep run down the right sideline. Will Broomfield touched the ball ahead to an unmarked Fowler, whose shot beat WVU goalie Lee Johnston 14:53 into play.

The Mountaineers finished the first half with a 7-1 advantage in shots but failed to beat Hartwick goalie Mateo Munarriz. Ross MacKinnon helped Munarriz keep a clean sheet in the opening half by heading away a close-range shot from Hayden Bennett inside the final 30 seconds.

WVU also had a 7-1 edge in shots during the second half, but all seven were off target. As a result, Munarriz earned his second straight shutout without the benefit of a save. Munarriz has not allowed a goal in more than 187 minutes.

Hartwick, which is 2-0 for the first time since 2009, improved to 3-1 all-time against West Virginia (5-6-1, 1-2).

The Hawks, who drew 670 fans, continue MAC play Tuesday at the University at Buffalo.

O-State 2, Plattsburgh 1

Zef Saljanin scored with 3 seconds left in the second overtime to lift Oneonta State to a SUNY Athletic Conference victory at home.

Saljanin’s winner followed an indirect kick into the box from Dylan Williams. Saljanin, who took to the field for the first time at the start of the second overtime, emerged from a packed box to push in the go-ahead goal with a header.

“Another great fight back against a tough opponent,” O-State coach Iain Byrne said. “The ending was a little harsh for Plattsburgh and they didn’t deserve to lose today.”

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