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Panthers Return to NJCAA Playoffs

October 22, 2017

The NJCAA Region III men’s soccer playoffs will once again include Tompkins Cortland Community College. After missing the postseason for the first time in over a decade last year, the Panthers will return to the playoffs Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., hosting Fulton-Montgomery Community College in first round action. The bid represents Tompkins Cortland’s 14th trip to the postseason in the last 16 years.

The Panthers ended the regular season with a record of 8-7 overall and 8-6 in Region III. Fulton-Montgomery is 6-6. The winner will advance to take on top-seed Genesee Community College Thursday in Batavia.

Panthers End Regular Season with Loss

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tompkins Cortland Community College

The Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s soccer team lost the regular season finale Wednesday, falling 3-0 at SUNY Broome. The loss drops Tompkins Cortland’s record to 8-7 overall, 8-6 in Region III, and 2-4 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Broome improves to 13-3 overall, 10-3 in Region III, and 4-2 in the MSAC.

The Panthers now wait and prepare for the NJCAA Region III playoff. Tournament brackets will be announced Sunday with opening round play set for Tuesday.


No. Name Pos. Year Ht. Wt. High School/Hometown

Statistics–Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer

2017 Season

Overall (8-7)
MSAC (2-4), Region III (8-6)


Previous Seasons






2011 and previous years


Team Records

Most Wins

15 (2010)
14 (2012)
14 (1999)

Most Consecutive Wins (Season)

10 (2012)
8 (1999)
6 (2010)
6 (2005)
6 (2006)

Best Winning Percentage

.778 (1999)
.763 (2012)
.738 (2010)

Most Goals (Game)

12 (vs. Jamestown CC-Cattaraugus, 10/21/08)
10 (vs. Corning CC, 9/23/08)
9 (at Cayuga CC, 10/17/10)
9 (vs. Jamestown CC-Cattaraugus, 9/6/06)
9 (vs. Corning CC, 9/4/02)

Most Goals (Season)

66 (2012)
56 (2010)
55 (2009)

Best Goals Per Game Average (Season)

3.47 (2012)
3.00 (2011)
2.84 (2008)

Biggest Margin of Victory (Game)

12 (vs. Jamestown CC-Cattaraugus, 10/21/08)
10 (vs. Corning CC, 9/23/08)
9 (at Cayuga CC, 10/17/010)
9 (vs. Jamestown CC-Cattaraugus, 9/6/06)
9 (vs. Corning CC, 9/4/02)

Fewest Goals Allowed (Season)

19 (2011)
20 (2010)
23 (2008)

Fewest Goals Allowed Per Game Average

0.95 (2010)
1.19 (2011)
1.21 (2008)

Most All-American Players

3 (1999)
2 (1998)

Most All-Region Players

5 (2010)

Most All-MSAC Players

7 (2012)
7 (2007)
7 (2010)
7 (1999)
7 (1998)

Individual Records - Player

Most Goals (Game)

4 Michael Raftu (at Jamestown CC, 9/22/12)
4 Allan Krohn (at Cayuga CC, 10/17/010)
4 Casey Burns (at Finger Lakes CC, 1999)
4 Casey Burns (at Onondaga CC, 1999)
4 Casey Burns (at Corning CC, 1999)

Most Goals (Season)

24 Michael Raftu (2012)
24 Casey Burns (1998)
22 Casey Burns (1999)

Most Goals (Career)

46 Casey Burns (1998-99)
27 Jesus Arroyo-Peco (2001-02)
24 Michael Raftu (2012)

Most Points (Game)

10 Allan Krohn (at Cayuga CC, 10/17/010)
9 Casey Burns (4g, 1a at Corning CC, 1999)
8 Michael Raftu (at Jamestown CC, 9/22/12)
8 Jesus Arroyo-Peco (3g, 2a at Finger Lakes CC, 9/4/02)
8 Garlan Fletcher (3g, 2a vs. Corning CC, 10/11/00)
8 Casey Burns (4g at Finger Lakes CC, 1999)
8 Casey Burns (4g at Onondaga CC, 1999)

Most Points (Season)

56 Michael Raftu (2012)
56 Casey Burns (1998)
55 Casey Burns (1999)

Most Points (Career)

111 Casey Burns (1998-99)
67 Jesus Arroyo-Peco (2001-02)
58 Mitch Mead (2003-04)

Most Assists (Game)

3 Dylan Palacio (vs. Corning CC, 9/15/12)
3 Samir Naamane (at Fulton-Montgomery CC, 9/21/11)
3 Lucas Heffron (vs. Fulton-Montgomery CC, 10/7/10)
3 Chris Driscoll (vs. Jamestown CC-Cattaraugus, 10/21/08)
3 Matt DeVries (at SUNY Cobleskill, 9/29/04)
3 JR Maus (vs. Finger Lakes CC, 1999)

Most Assists (Season)

12 Dylan Palacio (2012)
11 Yuichi Hashimoto (1999)
11 Casey Burns (1999)

Most Assists (Career)

20 Yuichi Hashimoto (1998-99)
19 Casey Burns (1998-99)
13 Chris Gray (2008, 2010)
13 Jesus Arroyo-Peco (2001-02)

Individual Records - Goalkeeper

Best Goals Against Average (Season)

0.93 Brian Wagstaff (2010)
1.10 Jesse Nulty (2008)
1.13 Jesse Russell (2005)

Best Goals Against Average (Career)

1.09 Brian Wagstaff (2010-11)
1.42 Jesse Russell (2004-05)
1.88 Corey Endress (2002-03)

Most Shutouts (Season)

10 Brian Wagstaff (2010)
8 Brian Wagstaff (2011)
7 Jesse Nulty (2008)

Most Shutouts (Career)

18 Brian Wagstaff (2010-11)
10 Jesse Russell (2004-05)
7 Corey Endress (2002-03)
7 Jesse Nulty (2008)

Team Playoff Records

Most Goals (Playoff Game)

4 (vs. Clinton CC, 10/20/07)
3 (vs. Broome CC, 10/23/12)
3 (vs. North Country CC, 10/26/10)
3 (vs. Erie CC, 10/30/10)
3 (at Broome CC, 11/3/09)

Most Assists (Playoff Game)

3 (vs. Clinton CC, 10/20/07)
3 (at Genesee CC, 10/23/04)

Individual Playoff Records

Most Goals (Playoff Game)

2, Magor Mbengue (at Broome CC, 11/3/09)

Most Points (Playoff Game)

5, Magor Mbengue (at Broome CC, 11/3/09)
3, Lucas Heffron (vs. North Country CC, 10/26/10)
3, Zachary Johnson (vs. Clinton CC, 10/20/07)
3, Tio Behdad (vs. Clinton CC, 10/20/07)
3, Yuichi Hashimoto (at SUNY Cobleskill, 10/24/99)
3, Kyle Chmieleski (at Genesee CC, 10/23/04)


Total All-American Players

Total All-Region Players

Total All-MSAC Players

Miscellaneous Honors
Region III Coach of the Year (1999)
NSCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year (1999)
MSAC Coach of the Year (1998, 2002, '07-co, '10, '12)
MSAC Champions (1999, 2005, '10, '12)
MSAC Player of the Year (2001, '02, '03, '07, '09, '10, '12)


Coaches–Men's Soccer

Andy Davis

Head Coach

Andy DavisRegion III Co-Coach of the Year

MSAC Coach of the Year
2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013

Coach Davis has completed 12 seasons directing the Panthers men's soccer program, compiling a record of 137-74-13 with ten regional playoff appearances. The 2013 season ranks as one of the best in nation, as Tompkins Cortland went undefeated during the regular season, winning another Mid-State Athletic Conference championship and advancing to the Region III championship game. Coach Davis was named the Region III Co-Coach of the Year and the MSAC Coach of the Year, and seven players were honored with all-conference, region, and/or all-American recognition.

the 2014 season was the latest chapter in what has been an amazingly successful book for Davis. After spending 2004 as the top assistant, Davis took control of the program in 2005. His first year saw the Panthers win the MSAC title, advance to the NJCAA Region III semifinals, and finish the year ranked 14th in the nation. The 2006 campaign saw a return to the NJCAA playoffs and a national ranking as high as eighth. In 2007 the Panthers again claimed the conference title and played their way to the regional semifinals. In 2008 Tompkins Cortland posted a win over nationally-ranked Genesee in the opening round of the playoffs to again advance to the quarterfinals. The 2009 season saw the Panthers win two playoff games to advance to the Region III Final Four. In 2010, after winning another MSAC title, the team made it all the way to the Region III championship game. 2011 saw the Panthers again advance to the regional title game, posting a seven-game unbeaten streak along the way. A fourth MSAC Coach of the Year award and another Region III final four appearance came in 2012.

Coach Davis brings tremendous credentials to the program, both as a player and a coach. An all-state player at Binghamton High, he was an All-American and national player of the year while leading Herkimer County Community College to the 2000 national championship. He earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Evansville (NCAA- Division I) before finishing his playing career at SUNY Cortland. As a Red Dragon, he helped the team to their first SUNYAC title in nearly a decade. Prior to coming to Tompkins Cortland, he served as an assistant coach at SUNY Cortland for two seasons, helping coach the team to SUNYAC titles both seasons.

The last three seasons, Coach Davis has worked with the Greater Binghamton Futbol Club, a member of the National Premier Soccer League. He serves as the assistant coach for the Thunder, which won the NPSL Keystone Conference in 2013.

Contact:, 607-844-8222, Ext.4491

Jherrett Maroney

Assistant Coach

Jherrett MaroneyCoach Maroney joined the staff in 2015. After beginning his collegiate playing career at Stony Brook University, he transferred to Hartwick College and was named all-conference his senior season. He graduated on to play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) for Greater Binghamton Futbol Club (GBFC). As a member of that team since 2013, he has helped GBFC to two Keystone Conference Championships and two appearances in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Coach Maroney received his U.S. National “E” Coaching License in 2014 and currently holds a U.S. National “D” Coaching License from the U.S. Soccer Federation. He served as a coach for Hartwick College’s soccer camp and worked as an assistant for New York State West Youth Soccer Association (NYSWYSA). He also has coached for Syracuse Soccer Academy (SSA) and presently works with a newly formed club, United Soccer Alliance (USA).


Don Brozovic

Assistant Coach



Playoff Run Ends

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Playing against the #1 ranked team in the nation for the second time this year, the TC3 men's soccer team came up short in its upset bid in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region III Tournament Tuesday night. After taking an early lead, TC3 couldn't hold on, losing to Herkimer County Community College 4-2. TC3, which lost to Herkimer 2-0 during the regular season, ends the year 10-9 overall. Herkimer, the defending regional champion, advances to the Region III Final Four this weekend, hosted by TC3 and played at Cortland State Stadium.
The scoring started early, with TC3 jumping to a 1-0 lead just five minute in when Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) scored the goal, with an assist from Kyle Chmieleski (Red Creek HS/Red Creek). Herkimer answered with the tying goal on a header in the 22nd minute, and made it 2-1 with a goal minutes later. The 2-1 score held until the half.
Herkimer made it 3-1 in the second half, scoring in the 57th minute. TC3 appeared to cut the lead to 3-2 with a goal, but an offsides call wiped the score off the board. Herkimer took advantage, scoring its fourth goal in the 69th minute to take a commanding lead. TC3 cut it to 4-2 in the 77th minute with a goal by Matt Alm (Dryden HS/Dryden), but could get no closer.
The loss ended a successful season for TC3, which beat Genesee Community College on penalty kicks in the opening round of the regional tournament on Saturday. Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville) and Jesse Russell (Spencer-Van Etten/Spencer) each put their name in the TC3 record books this season as the Panthers posted its second most wins in a season in the ten-year history of the program. Offensively, the team averaged 2.37 goals per game, the third best in TC3 history.

Panthers Win in Dramatic Fashion

Saturday, October 23, 2004

After ending 110 minutes of soccer tied 2-2, the TC3 men's soccer team needed a perfect round of penalty kicks to advance past #7 Genesee Community College in the NJCAA Region III Tournament Saturday. TC3, the #10 seed, advances to the regional quarterfinals against #2 seed and defending regional champion Herkimer County Community College Tuesday at 8 PM at the field at the Herkimer Elementary School. TC3 is now 10-8 overall and 9-7 in Region III. Genesee ends its season 11-5-1.
TC3 had the first scoring opportunity six minutes into the game. Playing with a strong wind at their back, Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville) collected a loose ball near the top of the box and turned and fired a shot off the crossbar. The Panthers would put another two pushes on Genesee's goal over the next ten minutes, but failed to convert. In the 22nd minute, the home team would make TC3 pay for its inability to finish, when a loose ball in front of the goal was tapped in by a Genesee player to put TC3 in a 1-0 hole.
TC3 responded to the Genesee goal with an intensified effort. In the 28th minute, Mead again had a near miss. Turning from 15 yards out, Mead ripped a shot between two Genesee defenders that was heading for the near corner. A leaping save by the keeper kept the ball out, and kept Genesee ahead. The lead would hold until the 36th minute, when TC3 took advantage of a corner kick.
Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) took the corner, which Cody Ellerson (Cincinnatus HS/Cincinnatus) blasted at the goal. When the keeper couldn't control the ball, Kyle Chmieleski (Red Creek HS/Red Creek) was on hand to tap the ball over the goal line, just before a Genesee defender could get in position to make a play. With the score 1-1, TC3 continued to work on the offensive end. With less than minute left in the half, TC3 had another corner kick, which team play converted into a halftime lead. Juanpablo Peschiera (Santa Maria HS/Lima, Peru) hit the corner, which grazed off Chmieleski's head before Derek Virginia (Baldwinsville HS/Baldwinsville) punched it in for the goal.
After switching ends, Genesee took advantage of the wind to force play, tying the game in the 50th minute. The scoring play started with Genesee earning a direct kick from 25 yards out, and ended with a goal off a rebound, making it 2-2. The rest of regulation would see Genesee get the better of play, but TC3 did have a solid chance to end the game without going to overtime. With seconds left, Chmieleski was racing down a ball behind the defense when the Genesee keeper came out to make a play. The two collided and the ball rolled out of play as the horn sounded.
The defenses continued to dominate through two ten-minute overtime periods, as the teams combined for just one shot on goal. After ending double-overtime still tied, the game went to penalty kicks, with each team choosing five players to take shots. TC3 won the coin toss, choosing to kick first. Harwood was the first to toe the line, completely faking out the keeper, playing a ball to the left as the keeper went the other way. With TC3's Jesse Russell (Spencer-Van Etten HS/Spencer) in goal, Genesee's first player missed, putting his shot of the left post. TC3 took a 2-0 lead in penalty kicks when Chmieleski beat the keeper to the right. Genesee made it 2-1 with a goal that just went under a diving Russell. Fred Allen (Marathon HS/Marathon) was next for TC3, going to the lower left corner for a 3-1 lead. Another Genesee goal made it 3-2 and brought Matt Alm (Dryden HS/Dryden) to the line. Alm knocked the ball into the left side net, making it 4-2. After Genesee's fourth player made it 4-3, Mead stepped up with a chance to win the game. With Genesee needing a save to keep the game going, Mead calmly put the ball into a perfect spot, upper right corner and out of the reach of the keeper.
With the win, TC3 advances to the regional quarterfinals for the first time since 1999.

Allen, Grimes, Nielsen, Slocum Score First Collegiate Goals as Panthers Win

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Goals from seven different players highlighted the regular season final for the TC3 men's soccer team as the Panthers beat Jamestown-Olean Community College 7-1 on Wednesday. TC3 ends the regular season 9-8 overall and 8-7 in Region III. Jamestown-Olean finishes 2-9-1 overall and 1-5-1 in Region III.
TC3 dominated play from the start, keeping the ball in the offensive end for nearly the entire first half. The first goal came in the 17th minute when a shot by Kyle Chmieleski (Red Creek HS/Red Creek) deflected off a defender to Leif Nielsen (Dryden HS/Freeville), who let loose a blast from 20 yards out to give the Panthers the 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, a Jamestown-Olean player was called for a penalty in the box, giving TC3 a penalty kick. Team co-captain Fred Allen (Marathon HS/Marathon) took the shot, beating the keeper to make it 2-0. It was the first collegiate goal for Allen, a 2003 all-region defensive player.
The second half started with Chmieleski beating two defenders on a move to the goal, only to be taken down from behind and earn another TC3 penalty kick. Just over three minutes into the second half, Chmieleski converted the free kick to make it 3-0. In the 60th minute, a TC3 corner kick by Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) set up Curtis Flaitz (Arkport HS/Hornell) for a 4-0 lead. The fifth goal of the game came in the 77th minute, when Nielsen found Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville) for his team-leading 15th goal of the season.
Seventy seconds later, Jamestown-Olean would take advantage of their only realscoring opportunity of the day. After winning a corner kick, Jamestown-Olean played the ball into the box, where a TC3 player was called for a handball. Jamestown-Olean converted the penalty kick, making it 5-1. The score would stand until the closing moments. With 82 seconds left in the game, Mike Bartos (Groton HS/Groton) served a ball to Zachary Slocum (Marathon HS/Freetown), who used his left foot to put the ball past the keeper for his first collegiate goal and a 6-1 Panther lead. The final tally came with 59 seconds left, when Anthony Grimes (Unatego HS/Otego) scored off a pass from Juanpablo Peschiera (Santa Maria HS/Lima, Peru) to make the final 7-1.
The win puts TC3 in contention for an invitation to the NJCAA Region III Tournament. The tournament seedings will be announced later tonight.

Panthers Post Second Straight Shutout

Sunday, October 17, 2004

On a blustery day at Cortland State, the TC3 men's soccer team posted its second shutout of the weekend, beating Corning Community College 1-0 Sunday. Combined with Saturday's 2-0 win over Morrisville State, TC3 improves to 8-8 overall and 3-3 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Corning ends its season 3-10-1 overall and 2-4 in the MSAC.
The game started with TC3 on the attack. The Panthers put several rushes on the Corning goal in the opening minutes, but failed to put a score on the board. In the 17th minute, Kyle Chmieleski (Red Creek HS/Red Creek) gave TC3 its best chance to that point. After getting behind the defense, Chmieleski lost a race for the ball as the Corning keeper made a good play to turn aside the Panther threat. The Corning keeper would make several more good plays to keep the game scoreless until the 38th minute. After a TC3 corner, Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville) took a shot that the keeper deflected to the top of the box where Cody Ellerson (Cincinnatus/Cincinnatus) let loose a blast to the upper corner of the goal for what would prove to be the game-winner.
Jesse Russell (Spencer-Van Etten HS/Spencer) had another superb game in goal, earning his second straight shutout. His aggressive play in the second half included a 30 second span with under 18 minutes left where he came out of the box to head a ball away from a Corning player and a leaping deflection of a loose ball in the middle of the box. The shutout was Russell's fourth of the season, tied for the second most in a season by a TC3 keeper.
With one game left in the regular season, TC3 remains in contention for a regional playoff birth. The Panthers hope to clinch a spot in the postseason with a win over Jamestown-Olean Community College Wednesday. The home contest is the regular season finale for TC3.

Panthers End Skid and Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Needing a win to stay alive in the playoff hunt, the TC3 men's soccer team came through with a 2-0 shutout of Morrisville State Saturday. TC3 snaps a five-game losing streak and improves to 7-8 overall and 6-7 in Region III. Morrisville State is now 9-4-2 overall and in Region III.
Playing on a wet and chilly day, both defenses controlled play for the first half. Morrisville State had the best chance of the half, appearing to score a goal with a header off a throw in. The goal was waved off, however, because the throw was illegal due to the thrower stepping over the line. Neither team would mount a serious challenge the rest of the half.
The scoring drought would end early in the second half. Less than two minutes into the half, TC3 earned a direct kick from 40 yards out. Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) played a ball to Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville), which he put past the keeper for the game's first goal. Ten minutes later, TC3's Kyle Chmieleski (Red Creek HS/Red Creek) looked ready to make it 2-0, getting a step on his defender into the box. The play ended when a Morrisville State player took Chmieleski down, earning TC3 a penalty kick. Mead hit a ball just past the keepers fingers, making it 2-0.
The lead appeared safe until the 80th minute, when Morrisville State had a good opportunity in front of the TC3 goal. After TC3 keeper Jesse Russell (Spencer-Van Etten HS/Spencer) made one diving save, the ball rebounded to a Morrisville State player alone ten yards in front of the goal. Russell made perhaps the play of the day, scrambling to his feet and leaping just in time to punch the blast over the cross bar. The ensuing corner kick was cleared and TC3's shutout was intact.
The win keeps TC3 in the hunt for a playoff birth. With two regular season games left, TC3 has moved into position where a pair of wins will likely earn the team an invitation to the NJCAA Region III Tournament. The Panthers play Sunday against Corning Community College at 1 PM at Cortland State. The final regular season game of the year comes Wednesday, October 20 at home vs. Jamestown-Olean Community College.

Poor Effort Dooms Panthers

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

One of the TC3 men's soccer team's poorer efforts of the season lead to a lopsided 10-0 loss to Cayuga Community College Wednesday night in a game played at Cortland State. TC3 falls to 6-8 overall and 2-3 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Cayuga improves to 16-1-1 overall and 6-0 in the MSAC. The win clinched the conference title for Cayuga.
The scoring started early, as Cayuga used a quickness advantage to take a 1-0 lead in the third minute of the game. Cayuga would add two more tallies in the next ten minutes before TC3 settled play to hold it at 3-0 heading into the half. The second half featured Cayuga scoring seven goals, including two after a TC3 was given a red card and the Panthers were forced to finish the game a player short.
The loss leaves TC3 in need of winning its final three regular season games to finish above .500. The Panthers take on Morrisville State Saturday at home before playing Corning Community College Sunday at Cortland State. The final regular season game of the year comes Wednesday, October 20 at home vs. Jamestown-Olean Community College

Upset Bid Falls Short

Saturday, October 09, 2004

A strong team effort came up short as the TC3 men's soccer team lost to the #1 ranked team in the nation Saturday, dropping a 2-0 decision to Herkimer County Community College. TC3 falls to 6-7 overall and 5-6 in Region III. Herkimer, the defending regional champion, is now 12-0-1 overall and 11-0-0 in Region III.
The game opened with both teams playing aggressively all over the field. The first score came in the 26th minute, as a Herkimer player picked up a ball on the right side of the box and beat the keeper for the only score of the first half.
Herkimer nearly made it 2-0 in the opening seconds of the second half, but TC3 keeper Jesse Russell (Spencer-Van Etten HS/Spencer) made one of several great saves, re-directing a shot over the cross bar. After another Herkimer scoring opportunity went off the crossbar, TC3 put on its best offensive sequence of the game. Nine minutes into the half, a shot by Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) off a direct kick brought the Herkimer keeper out. Under pressure from Juanpablo Peschiera (Santa Maria HS/Lima, Peru), the keeper couldn't immediately control the ball, leaving a free ball in the Herkimer box. Unfortunately for TC3, no Panthers could get to the ball before the keeper could cover the ball. It would be the first of four quality chances for TC3 over a span of five minutes, with the last coming when a direct kick by Harwood from 40 yards out was heading for the net when the Herkimer keeper made a leaping save. For the next 20 minutes, neither team could muster a quality chance, until Herkimer managed to score in the 84th minute to put the game away.
The Panthers return to action Wednesday, October 13 against Cayuga Community College. The game, originally scheduled to be at Cayuga, will be played at Cortland State under the lights at 7 PM.

Missed Opportunities Cost Panthers

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

After missing out on several good scoring chances early, the TC3 men's soccer team couldn't come back against Broome Community College, falling 3-1 on Tuesday. Sunday's loss drops TC3 to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Broome is 9-3-1 overall and 3-2 in the MSAC.
The game opened with Broome scoring just 81 seconds in, getting on the board off a direct kick. Over the next twenty minutes, TC3's offense would produce numerous quality opportunities, but each time the Panthers failed to capitalize. It would prove to be costly, as Broome scored just three minutes before halftime to make it 2-0.
Ten minutes after the break, TC3 cut the lead in half. Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca), one of TC3's co-captains for the game, ripped a direct kick from 40 yards out into the corner of the net to make it 2-1. After TC3 failed to score the tying goal and as forced to push the defense up, Broome scored the final goal of the game with just one minute left to play.
The Panthers look to avoid falling below .500 for the first time this season Saturday as TC3 hosts defending national champions and #1 ranked Herkimer County Community College.

Panthers Control Play But Lose

Sunday, October 03, 2004

On a day the TC3 men's soccer team would dominate every statistical category except the most important one, two late goals by Jamestown Community College handed the Panthers a 3-2 defeat. Sunday's loss drops TC3 6-5 overall and 5-4 in Region III. Jamestown is 7-2-1.
TC3 dominated play the first half, keeping the ball in the offensive half nearly the entire 45 minutes while allowing just one shot on goal. Despite controlling play, it wasn't until early in the second half that TC3 would score. Just three minutes into the second half, Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville) scored the game's first goal, converting a pass from Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) to make it 1-0. The lead would last less than a minute, as Jamestown quickly countered by running down a long kick behind the defense and beating TC3 keeper Jimmy Carlo (Washingtonville HS/Monroe) to make it 1-1. The Panthers regained the lead in the 57th minute, with Matt DeVries (Naples HS/Naples) teaming up with Eddy Nicholson (Bishop Ludden HS/Syracuse) to make it 2-1. The lead would last until the 68th minute, when Jamestown tied the game. The game-winner came with 15 minutes left, sending TC3 to its second defeat of the weekend.
A tough stretch of six games against likely playoff teams continues Tuesday as TC3 travels to Broome Community College. The stretch started Saturday against Genesee and continues with Broome, Herkimer County Community College (home, 10/9), Cayuga Community College (at Cortland State, 10/13), and Morrisville State (home, 10/16).

Panthers Look Flat in Loss

Saturday, October 02, 2004

A lackluster effort for much of the game was too much for the TC3 men's soccer to overcome as the Panthers fell to Genesee Community College Saturday, 2-0. The game, which was played on the Cortland State Stadium Field, drops TC3 to 6-4 overall and 5-3 in Region III. Genesee is now 6-3-1 overall and 6-2-1 in Region III.
Playing on a windy and wet day, TC3 looked sluggish from the start. Genesee scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 23rd minute, taking advantage of a loose ball after a direct kick to make it 1-0. The Panthers nearly tied it heading into the break when Brad Pennypacker (Spencer-Van Etten/Spencer) hit a shot from 30 yards out that looked to be heading to the net. A diving save by the Genesee keeper kept the score 1-0 heading into halftime.
The second half started with TC3 turning up the intensity, getting a pair of corner kicks and a direct kick in the offensive half in the first five minutes of play. After being unable to capitalize on those opportunities, TC3 needed to dodge a bullet in the 50th minute to keep it 1-0. A poor defensive play nearly gave a Genesee player an open net from 10 yards out, but the Panthers got lucky when Genesee's shot hit the post. The miss seemed to spark TC3, as the Panthers had several solid scoring opportunities over the next 20 minutes, but again failed to score. The best chances came in a three-minute stretch starting in the 75th minute, when TC3 had a corner and a hard shot from 15 yards. Moments later, in the 78th minute, Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) had a free kick from 30 yards out on the left wing. He played a great ball towards Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville) at the top of the box, but a strong play by the Genesee keeper kept Mead's header from tying the score. Two more plays by the Genesee keeper over the next few minutes kept the score 1-0, until Genesee scored the clincher in the 88th minute.
TC3 travels to Jamestown Community College Sunday.

Scoring Outburst Powers Panthers Past Cobleskill

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

A burst of four goals in a ten-minute span was more than enough to power the TC3 men's soccer team to a 5-1 win at SUNY Cobleskill Wednesday. The Panthers improve to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in Region III. Cobleskill is 2-8-1 overall and in the region.
The Panthers, who out-shot Cobleskill 21-5, started the scoring early when Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville) took a pass from Matt DeVries (Naples HS/Naples) in the third minute to make it 1-0. After Cobleskill tied the game with a goal off a breakaway in the 27th minute, TC3 put together an impressive spurt to close the first half and take control. In the 41st minute, Eddie Nicholson (Bishop Ludden HS/Syracuse) scored what turned out to be the game-winner, with assists credited to both DeVries and Mead. Mead made it 3-1 in the 43rd minute, scoring off an assist from Kyle Chmieleski (Red Creek HS/Red Creek), and completed his hat-trick less than a minute later, with the assist going to Jesse Russell (Spencer-Van Etten HS/Spencer). The three goals in just over three minutes made the halftime score 4-1.
It wouldn't take long for the lead to grow in the second half. Just five minutes into the second half, Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) scored the final goal of the game, and TC3's fourth in less than ten minutes of play. DeVries picked up his third assist of the game on the tally.
TC3 takes on Genesee Community College Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The game will be played on the Cortland State Stadium Field.

Rally Falls Short For Panthers

Sunday, September 26, 2004

After coming back from two goals down to tie the game, the TC3 men's soccer team didn't have an answer for a third goal on Sunday. Despite out shooting the host SUNY Canton Northstars, TC3 lost 3-2. The Panthers drop to 5-3 overall, 4-2 in Region III, and 2-1 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Canton is now 7-2-1 overall and 3-0 in the MSAC.
The start was a tough one for TC3, as Canton jumped to an early lead with two goals in the first 13 minutes. TC3 settled down for the rest of the half as the host team took a 2-0 lead into the break.
The second half started with the Panthers on the attack. Brad Pennypacker (Spencer-Van Etten HS/Spencer) broke the ice with a goal just four minutes into the half, scoring off an assist from scoring off an assist from Matt DeVries (Naples HS/Naples). Curtis Flaitz (Arkport HS/Hornell) made the game 2-2 in the 64th minute, with an assist by Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville). The momentum was short-lived as Canton took advantage of a loose ball in front of the TC3 goal in the 68th minute to make it 3-2, a score that would hold to the final whistle.
TC3 looks to get back on track at SUNY Cobleskill Wednesday.

Panthers Back on Track

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Two goals in the first twelve minutes of play set the tone for a 5-2 TC3 win over Jefferson Community College in men's soccer action Wednesday. The Panthers are now 5-2 overall, 4-1 in Region III, and 2-0 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Jefferson is now 1-6 overall and in Region III and 0-2 in the MSAC.
The TC3 offense was clicking early, as the Panthers controlled play most of the first half. Just six minutes in, TC3 took advantage of an indirect kick from 20 yards out with Brad Pennypacker (Spencer-Van Etten HS/Spencer) scoring off an assist from Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville) to take an early lead. After narrowly missing on a pair of good chances over the next few minutes, TC3 made it 2-0 when Mead scored by beating the keeper left-footed. Mead scored his second goal in the 32nd minute, faking out the keeper before tapping the ball in to make it 3-0. Matt DeVries (Naples HS/Naples) got in on the scoring with a goal in the 38th minute, making 4-0. Jefferson put its first goal on the board in the 41st minute to make it 4-1 at the half.
The second half started with Jesse Russell (Spencer-Van Etten HS/Spencer), playing in the field for the first time this season, scoring on a penalty kick in the 62nd minute. The penalty kick was set up by Russell's hard work in the box, drawing a foul near the goal. Jefferson answered with the final goal of the game, a score off a misplay in the 72nd minute to make it 5-2.
TC3 is next in action Sunday at SUNY Canton.

Panthers Fall in Overtime

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

A goal in the second minute of overtime was the only score of the game as the TC3 men's soccer team dropped a tough 1-0 loss to Mohawk Valley Community College in a game played at the Cortland State Stadium Wednesday. The Panthers fall to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in Region III. Mohawk Valley is now 3-1-2 overall and 3-0-1 in region.
The first half featured stingy defenses on both sides. TC3 had the better of play for much of the half, but while Mohawk Valley was limited to two shots on goal, both required spectacular saves by TC3 keeper Jimmy Carlo (Washingtonville HS/Washingtonville) to keep them out of the net.
It looked like the scoreless tie would be broken in the second half, but both teams failed to capitalize on opportunities. In the 75th minute, the combination of Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville) and Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) narrowly missed scoring, as the Mohawk Valley keeper just beat Mead to a ball played by Harwood. With just under six minutes left on the clock, TC3 was called for a penalty 25 yards out, but Carlo made another diving save on the direct kick to keep it 0-0.
TC3's best opportunity came moments later, when a Panther beat his defender to the corner of the box and raced past the keeper on the wing. His crossing ball was played away by a Mohawk Valley defender, with the referee ruling the defender played it off his chest, as TC3's best chance of the game slipped past.
The game-winner came in the 92nd minute, when Mohawk Valley's Pedro Lima scored from the left wing.
TC3 is next in action Saturday at SUNY Delhi.

Panthers Win Conference-Opener

Friday, September 10, 2004

A late goal by the Mid-State Athletic Conference's Player of Year gave the TC3 men's soccer team a 3-2 win over Finger Lakes Community College in their MSAC opener Friday. The Panthers improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MSAC. Finger Lakes is now 0-1 overall and in conference.
The first half featured both offenses clicking. Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville), the 2003 MSAC Player of the Year, opened the scoring for TC3, converting a pass from Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) to make it 1-0 in the 15th minute. Finger Lakes responded with the tying score in the 20th minute and the go-ahead goal 15 minutes later. Finger Lakes' lead was short lived, as the combination of Mead and Harwood clicked again in the 40th minute, with Harwood scoring to make it 2-2 going into halftime.
The second half featured a decidedly more defensive-minded effort. Neither team could put one past the keeper, until the 82nd minute when Mead scored the game-winner off a pass from Ruben Caballero (San Augustin HS/Lima, Peru).
Jimmy Carlo (Washingtonville HS/Washingtonville) earned the win in goal by recording four saves, including a spectacular one in the final minute to preserve the win.
TC3 is next in action on Wednesday, September 15, hosting Mohawk Valley Community College. The game will be played at the Cortland State Stadium Field at 7:30 p.m.

Panthers Behind Balanced Attack

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Another balanced offensive performance was enough for TC3 to complete a weekend sweep of teams from Northern New York. On Sunday, TC3 raced to a 4-0 lead before coasting to a 4-2 win over Clinton Community College. TC3, a 6-0 winner over North Country Community College on Saturday, is now 3-1. Clinton falls to 0-2.
The game started with TC3 on the attack, putting together several runs on the goal before finally putting one in the net. Mitch Mead (Margaretville HS/Arkville) broke the ice on an unassisted goal in the 15th minute to put TC3 on top. Twenty minutes later, Brad Pennypacker (Spencer-Van Etten HS/Spencer) scored on a header off a pass from Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) to make it 2-0 at the break.
The second half saw Harwood open play with an unassisted goal, beating his defender along the end line before sliding the ball past the keeper to make it 3-0 just four minutes into the second half. TC3 made it 4-0 in the 51st minute when Mead, after being taken down by an illegal tackle in the box, scored on a penalty kick. Clinton responded with a goal of its own off a penalty kick, making it 4-1 in the 72nd minute. The final tally came with just under three minutes left when Clinton punched in a loose ball in front of the TC3 goal.
The Panthers, now 2-0 in Region III, open Mid-State Athletic Conference play on Friday, September 10. TC3 plays at Finger Lakes Community College at 4:00 p.m.

TC3 Pounds North Country

Saturday, September 04, 2004

A dominating performance at both ends of the field produced a lopsided 6-0 win for TC3 Saturday. The Panthers opened Region III play with a home win over North Country Community College, improving to 2-1 on the season. The game was North Country's first of the year.
TC3 controlled every facet of the game, overwhelming North Country with several scoring chances early. The Panthers broke through in the 23rd minute when Brad Pennypacker (Spencer-Van Etten HS/Spencer) converted a pass from Oliver Harwood (Ithaca HS/Ithaca) to score what turned out to be the game-winner. Pennypacker scored again four minutes later, this time off an assist from Curtis Flaitz (Arkport HS/Hornell). TC3 scored its third goal of the half when Kyle Chmieleski (Red Creek HS/Red Creek) scored of an assist from Mitch Mead (Margaretville/Arkville) in the 42nd minute.
The second-half scoring started with Harwood laying a beautiful crossing pass that Flaitz headed in for the fourth goal of the game. Seven minutes later, in the 71st minute, Joe Ingrassio (Webster HS/Webster) scored his first collegiate goal, putting back a rebound of a Matt DeVries (Naples HS/Naples) shot to make it 5-0. The scoring ended with Ingrassio's second goal, this one coming in the 89th minute off a pass from Ruben Caballero (San Augustin HS/Lima, Peru).
Jesse Russell (Spencer-Van Etten HS/Spencer) recorded his second shutout of the season as the defense limited North Country to just two shots, both in the second half.

Panthers Drop Northeast Cup Finale

Sunday, August 29, 2004

A day after knocking off a national power, the TC3 men's soccer team came up short against another, dropping a 3-1 decision to Dutchess Community College in the finale of the TC3 Northeast Cup Sunday. Both teams are now 1-1. Hudson Valley Community College took the title by going 2-0 over the weekend.
Playing in very hot and windy conditions, Dutchess took advantage of the wind to take a 2-0 lead in the first half. After the two teams traded sides, TC3 scored a quick goal on a breakaway by Kyle Chmieleski (Red Creek/Red Creek) to make it 2-1 with 41 minutes still left to play. The Panthers pressured the goal the next several minutes, but couldn't score the equalizer. In the 70th minute, Dutchess took advantage of a tired TC3 team to score the final tally.
TC3, with a win over the 15th ranked team in the nation (Holyoke CC) on Saturday before losing to the 7th ranked team on Sunday, now has a week off before opening NJCAA Region III play. The Panthers host North Country Community College at 2 PM on Saturday, September 4.

Panthers Beat National Power in Opener

Saturday, August 28, 2004

A pair of goals from reigning Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Year Mitch Mead (Margaretville/Arkville) and a shut-out by the defense propelled the TC3 men's soccer team to a 2-0 season-opening win over Holyoke (MA) Community College Saturday. The Panthers play Dutchess Community College at 2:00 PM Sunday on the second day of the TC3 Northeast Cup, sponsored by Specialty Trophy and Awards. Holyoke, the defending Region XV champions who finished last year ranked 15th in the nation, plays Hudson Valley Community College at noon.
Playing in hot and humid conditions, both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half, as neither team had solid scoring chances. That changed early in the second half, thanks to the combination of Mead and freshman Derek Virginia (Baldwinsville/Baldwinsville). Moments after missing an open goal five minutes into the second half, Mead took a long pass from Virginia near midfield, controlled his own header and beat his defender and Holyoke keeper for the game's first tally. The goal seemed to energize the home team as Panthers put together another solid scoring opportunity minutes later, but a foul from behind by Holyoke prevented a breakaway opportunity. Although TC3 couldn't capitalize on the direct kick, the team did score an insurance goal in the 70th minute. The play began with Virginia working through a slide tackle and getting the ball to Mead in front of the penalty box. After another unsuccessful slide attempt, Mead beat the keeper with a shot that ricocheted off the far post and in for his second goal of the game.
The TC3 defense, led by sophomore Fred Allen (Marathon/Marathon), limited Holyoke to just six shots to help Jesse Russell (Spencer-Van Etten/Spencer) recorded a shutout in his collegiate debut.

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