By Nicole Robinson, Staff Writer
They shoot and they score! The St. John Fisher men’s soccer team is headed to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time.
The Cardinals headed into the Empire 8 Tournament as the fourth seed going up against the top seed, Stevens Institute of Technology. A hard fought 110 minutes of action was not enough to prevent the game from being decided by penalty kicks. Fisher outscored Stevens 6-5 in penalty kicks, which concluded in a win for the first round.
The Cardinals then played Houghton College in the Empire 8 Championship final in Hoboken, New Jersey. Fisher came out victorious 3-2. Two goals from freshman Matthew Kaiser and one from freshman Jeff Meyers helped lead Fisher into the NCAA Tournament.
“It was so surreal, we were all shocked at how we came back like we did,” said junior Seth Weingart. “It was a true story about the underdogs coming back.”
Not only is this Fisher’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, but also the first time the program has won an Empire 8 Championship title.
“It was so surreal, we were all shocked at how we came back like we did. It was a true story about the underdogs coming back.”
– Junior Seth Weingart
“It is definitely a great time to be a part of this program, and this team,” said sophomore goalie Joe Catalfamo.
The men’s soccer team will play SUNY Oneonta in the first round. The Red Dragons currently have a record of 14-6-1.
“We are playing on Saturday, and let’s just say we are all ready to play more than one game in this tournament,” said junior Jake Gentile.
Heading into the conference tournament, head coach Rob Searl talked about how he is thrilled while still focused on making it to the “big dance” as he put it. Well, now the Cardinals are in the big dance after being predicted to finish last in the Empire 8 prior to the season.
The game will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Oneonta with the game scheduled to start at 11 a.m. The winner of this game will go on to the next round, playing either the University of Rochester or Eastern University on Sunday.