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MCLA Men's Soccer Wins in OT
08:45AM / Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Romeo Grey outraced the Cobleskill defense to a loose ball with just 19 seconds left in double overtime and scored to complete a 2-1 comeback victory for the MCLA Trailblazers over the visiting Tigers at Shewcraft Field.
 
The goal was Grey's second this season and improves MCLA's record to 2-3 while Cobleskill drops to 1-4 on the season.
 
With time ticking down, the game appeared headed to a draw. MCLA's Khalil Kareh (Hoosac Valley) sent a ball forward hoping to connect with a streaking Grey. Cobleskill keeper Josh Mazur collided with his teammate leaving Grey all alone to punch it in. He calmly potted the shot giving MCLA the comeback victory after MCLA trailed for the first 84 minutes of play.
 
The opening half saw visiting Cobleskill control much of the action and possession. The Fighting Tigers broke through just 16 minutes into the game. After an MCLA foul just past midfield, Cobleskill's Jake Bunker lofted a ball into the box. Tiger David Vosatka got his head on it and sent it past keeper Kamron Anderson and Cobleskill led 1-0.
 
Neither team could find the net again until late in the second half.  Cobleskill committed a foul deep in MCLA territory giving the hosts a free kick. Ryan Wanek sent the ball into Cobleskill's side of the field and Romeo Grey beat all defenders to it. He went into the box in a two on one situation with Oscar Castro. After the defender committed, Grey slipped a pass to Castro who just beat the keeper to the ball and flicked it home tying the game at 1-1 in the 84th minute of play. The goal was Castro's first of the season.
 
Neither team could score in the first OT. MCLA had a golden chance to end it, but Wanek's header went wide off a corner kick late in the OT. 
 
Mazur stopped three shots and was tagged with the loss for Cobleskill. The Tigers outshot MCLA 19-11 in the game.
 
Anderson earned the win stopping a season best 10 shots between the pipes.
 
MCLA will start MASCAC play on Friday night when they travel to Worcester State.
 
VOLLEYBALL
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- The Framingham State University volleyball team defeated MCLA, 3-2, Tuesday in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference action.
 
MCLA (2-6, 0-1) took the first set 25-21 before the Rams captured the next two, 25-17 and 25-20. MCLA came from behind to secure the fourth, 25-22, and send the game to a fifth set.
 
The Rams (2-5, 1-0) opened up an 8-2 lead in the fifth, before the Trailblazers closed the gap 11-8. The Rams extended the lead back to 14-8 with three straight points, but the Trailblazers closed to within two on an ace.  Freshman Grace Caughey came up with a kill to secure the match for the Rams.
 
Freshman Kelly Brinkman led the Rams with a match-high 18 kills and six digs, while sophomore Deirdre Fay added 10 kills and 15 digs.  Caughey finished the match with nine kills, 18 digs and five service aces. The Rams defense was led by a match-high 27 digs from senior Vicki Anderson, while junior Mackenzie Whalen added 16 digs and 41 set assists.
 
The Trailblazers were led by 13 kills and two blocks from junior Brianna O'Rourke, while sophomore Brooke Queripel added eight kills and 13 digs. Senior Mele Enomoto led the back row with 22 digs, while sophomore Tessa Sestito added 12 digs and 16 assists.
 
The Trailblazers head to the Union/Sage Crosstown Tournament this weekend with two matches on Friday and two on Saturday.
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