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November 6, 2012

O-State men to start NCAAs at home

OHS, Unatego girls still waiting on opponents; Franklin to play Poland

STAFF REPORT

Let’s start with what we know.

Three area girls soccer teams — Oneonta High, Unatego and Franklin — and one local men’s soccer team — Oneonta State — are still playing.

Of those four, the O-State men and Franklin girls know who they’ll be playing and where, but the Red Dragons haven’t announced times.

Unatego knows when and where but not who.

OHS doesn’t know much of anything, other than the fact that it probably won’t play its state quarterfinal until early next week.

O-State’s men learned Monday it will host first- and second-round games Saturday and Sunday when the NCAA Division III bracket was released.

The Red Dragons (13-5-1), national semifinalists a year ago, will open play in the 62-team tournament on Saturday against Massachusetts Institute of Technology (13-4-2). Montclair State (17-2), also a final four team in 2011, will play Salve Regina (16-5-1) in the other first-round game at O-State.

The first-round winners will play Sunday, with the winner advancing to the round of 16 the following weekend.

Times for this weekend’s games have not been announced. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and $2 for children 3 and under.

O-State won its second straight SUNY Athletic Conference title Saturday with a 2-1 win over host Plattsburgh State. Luke Halberg and Jake Sutherland scored second-half goals for the Red Dragons, whose 18-3-1 season a year ago ended with a 4-2 loss to Calvin College in an NCAA semifinal at San Antonio.

MIT advanced by winning the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference title Sunday with a 2-0 win over Springfield College. MIT was the fifth seed for the tournament.

Montclair State earned one of 20 at-large berths for the tournament. Its 2011 season ended in the national semifinals with a loss to eventual champion Ohio Wesleyan.

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