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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.

Gracy started 21 games and played in all 22 of the Engineers’ games this season. He scored four goals, including the winner in the Engineers’ 3-0 victory over Bard College on Oct. 20.

Chelsea Haight

Senior midfielder Haight (Davenport) appeared in three games for the Hamilton College women’s soccer team.

The Continentals’ 9-5-1 season ended with a 3-2 loss at Bowdoin on Oct. 27.

Haight is Davenport’s all-time leading scorer.

Tulane tennis

Unadilla residents Alex and Ian Van Cott finished their freshman fall season for Division I Tulane’s tennis team by placing at the Crimson Tide Fall Championships at Alabama last weekend.

Alex Van Cott won the consolation championship of the Gene Stalling Draw on Sunday, 6-0, 6-2, over Southern Mississippi’s Vasco Valverde. Alex also teamed with Rodrigo Rappaccioli to win the consolation doubles title of the Nick Saban Draw on Saturday.

Ian Van Cott beat Sven Ivankovic of Furman, 4-6, 6-1, 10-6, in the third-place consolation match of the Nick Saban draw.

Tulane’s spring season of tennis begins in January.

Tompkins Cortland women’s soccer

Oneonta High graduate Seneca Baldwin, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton graduate Logan Eltz and Margaretville graduate Amy Filupeit all completed their freshman seasons, and Gilboa graduate Erin Hamilton finished her sophomore season for Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Baldwin, who earned Daily Star Player of the Year honors in softball this past spring, played in six games and scored one goal. Filupeit played in 14 games and had two goals and two assists. Hamilton played in all 18 games, scoring three goals and assisting on three others.

Eltz played goalie in 11 games, giving up 10 goals while making 36 saves.

The Panthers went 6-9-3 on the season and were eliminated from the NJCAA Division III playoffs by SUNY Delhi, 1-0, on Oct. 20.