September 19, 2018

Upstate Update - Week 3

By Mani Tafari

The Upstate Update brings you up to speed on Division III men's soccer in the "Upstate" New York region, home to the SUNYAC, Liberty League, and Empire 8. Several key matches will be recapped each week along with a more in-depth look at a Game of the Week.

Game of the Week

RPI (2-3-1) at Potsdam State (4-2-1)

Saturday, September 15

The excitement of pre-season is gone. The Freshmen have transformed themselves into college players and Seniors are beginning to understand that this is not a never-ending ride.

RPI visits Potsdam for a pivotal game for both teams.

Coach Adam Parker has transformed the Bears into a very competitive program over the past decade. Potsdam are consistently challenging in the brutal SUNYAC and have moved from strength to strength over the last few seasons.

Veteran coach Adam Clinton has been producing quality teams for the better part of two decades with RPI. After a sub-par 2017, coach Clinton and RPI were looking to engineer a comeback season and once again solidify themselves as an elite Liberty League team.

The Season Thus Far

The Bears started the season with a tough loss to Springfield but managed to bounce back winning their previous game over a very talented Hobart team.

RPI opened the season with two losses before staging a recovery and entered the game on a mini-run of 2 wins and a tie...

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Mani Tafari


Mani Tafari graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2001 with a History degree after four seasons playing for Bob Durocher that included the Saints untied, undefeated national championship season in 1999. Mani subsequently earned his law degree from Pace University School of Law (2009). He currently works as a criminal defense attorney and coaches soccer. He remains passionate about Division III soccer and is a loyal St. Lawrence alumus. [see full bio]

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