Upstate Update - Week 7
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
Ithaca at Clarkson
Saturday, October 22
The game of the week takes us to Potsdam, New York where the surprise team of the Liberty League, Clarkson (7-3-2 / 3-0-2), takes on the highly ranked and hugely talented Ithaca Bombers (10-2-1 / 3-1-0).
The past three seasons has seen Ithaca enter the Liberty League and become a dominant team in the region despite failing to reach the NCAA tournament during that time.
The last trip Ithaca took to the neighborhood saw them lose last season’s conference finals in heart breaking penalty kicks.
Clarkson has been a team on the rise in recent years. With a new coaching staff after the departure of former Coach Taylor, Clarkson showed early promise last season before running out of gas in October.
The Season Thus Far
This would be a meeting of two undefeated teams as Ithaca had registered signature league wins and was looking to punch their ticket to the conference tournament before mid-October.
The Golden Knights are in the midst of their best season in a generation and a win over a highly ranked opponent would do wonders for their playoff seeding come November.
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