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November 15, 2012

OHS grads earn national soccer titles

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Oneonta High graduates Connor Shearer and Brianna Georgia helped Herkimer County Community College and Mohawk Valley CC to NJCAA Division III soccer championships over the weekend.

Shearer, a freshman defender, played in 11 games for the Generals, who defeated Montgomery College, 1-0, in double overtime in the men’s final Sunday.

Shearer started three games for HCCC.

The Generals finished the season at 20-2.

Georgia, a freshman defender/midfielder, scored six goals and had six assists on the season for MVCC, which defeated Gloucester CC, 4-1, in the women’s final Sunday.

Georgia appeared in 20 games and made 18 starts this season.

Shearer and Georgia helped OHS’ boys and girls soccer teams to Section Four Class B titles last season.

Jacob Chase

Cooperstown graduate Chase was named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament MVP after scoring two winning goals for the Morrisville State men’s soccer team.

Chase, a sophomore midfielder, scored the winning goal in Morrisville’s 2-1 overtime victory over Penn State Abington in the

championship game Nov. 4 at Fort Washington, Pa. Chase’s winner came on a penalty kick and gave the Mustangs their first NEAC title.

Chase also scored the lone goal in Morrisville’s 1-0 win over Cazenovia in the semifinals Nov. 3.

The Mustangs were eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament, falling 3-0 at Carnegie Mellon on Saturday.

Chase started in 20 of 21 games and finished with 10 goals and six assists.

Ryan Gracy

Oneonta High graduate Gracy helped the Rensselaer men’s soccer team to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Gracy, a junior, scored in Rensselaer’s 2-0 victory over Christopher Fisher in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday. The Engineers were eliminated from the tournament by Swarthmore, 3-0, on Sunday.

The Engineers won the Liberty League championship on penalty kicks over Vassar on Nov. 3. Gracy, shooting second, made his penalty kick for RPI. On Nov. 1, the Engineers beat St. Lawrence on penalty kicks, with Gracy missing his kick.

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