November 8, 2018

Upstate Update - Week 10

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

Nazareth at Stevens

Sunday, November 4

The Empire 8 conference finals featured a game between league powerhouse Stevens and a Nazareth team that was ranked third in entering the conference playoffs.

Nazareth entered the contest with a 12-6-1 record and punched their ticket to the finals with a 1-0 win over Alfred.

The Ducks were in search of their 11th conference title and hoping to dance for the 16th time in the last 18 seasons.

Conference finals are extremely serious affairs, the winner is invited to the dance while the losing team is left to hope and pray.

The Season Thus Far

Stevens were once again Empire 8 regular season champions and placed a 16-2-1 record on the line against a Nazareth team looking to win and dance.

Nazareth had won their last three games by a combined 10-1 score line and were playing their best soccer of the year. Stevens were 15-0-1 all-time against Nazareth and were eager to continue that good run.

Game On

Stevens attacked the game like a duck in water and played smooth and flowing soccer while keeping possession. Despite outshooting their guests and having a majority of the ball, the half ended...

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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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