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Men’s soccer clinches E8 spot

The Cardinals will make an appearance in the tournament for the first time since 2012.

By Tanner Swan, Sports Editor

Fisher has been on a tear clinching its first Empire 8 tournament berth since 2012.

After starting the season 1-7-1, the Cardinals have managed to turn the season around going 4-0-1 in their last five games.

“We have a young team but I think we have really matured,” said head coach Rob Searl. “We’ve just kind of fallen into a good pattern right now and we have more toughness in our play with some of the new guys here.”

Against Elmira, the Cardinals were lead by Matthew Kaiser who scored the only goal of the game with Jake Gentile recording the assist. Goalkeeper Joe Catalfamo ended the night with five saves and a shutout.

Against Utica College, Fisher was able to thwart off the terrible weather by dominating the possession and only allowing one shot on goal. Gentile and Tyler Randall scored the only goals of the game in a 2-0 victory over the Pioneers.

“We have a young team but I think we have really matured. We’ve just kind of fallen into a good pattern right now and we have more toughness in our play with some of the new guys here.” – Head coach Rob Searl

Randall’s goal was assisted by Bryan Rollins, who Searl has raved about due to his versatility and smart passing. One assist Rollins had in the opening five minutes against Alfred, Searl claimed to be “one of the more beautiful goals I have seen in my career.” The goal came off a cross where Rollins was able to head the ball just a few yards forward to the center of the box where Kaiser was able to finish.

Rollins has usually played a more defensive position at center-back, but lately has been asked to play more offensively. And according to Searl, he hasn’t disappointed.

The Cardinals are now 5-7-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the Empire 8, and look to finish the season strong heading into the postseason. Searl struggled to put into words what this has meant for the program to have this late season surge.

“It means everything,” he said. “Some things you just can’t explain but you can just see a rhythm that we get, a confidence that we get, and our goalie has been lights out all year.”

The Cardinals will host Geneseo on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Ithaca on Saturday at 2 p.m. With a win over Ithaca, the Cardinals would earn a third seed in the four team tournament.

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