After posting one of the best turnaround seasons in the nation this fall, the SUNY Cobleskill men’s soccer team has been selected to compete in the 2016 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship Tournament — a first in the history of the program.
The Fighting Tigers, who finished the season with an 8-8-2 overall record, are seeded fourth in the Region 4 bracket of the tournament. They will face the number-one seeded regional host the Saxons of Alfred University from the Empire 8 Conference on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Alfred’s Yunevich Stadium. The Saxons finished the campaign 8-7-2 overall.
After finishing the 2015 campaign with a 0-18 overall mark including a 0-13 mark in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action, Cobleskill improved 500 percent under the direction of second-year head coach Joseph Machado.
Upon learning of his team’s selection to the tournament, Machado was excited about the prospects of continuing the season and his team’s impressive turnaround year.
“I’m proud of what our young men have accomplished this year,” he said. “Being recognized by the ECAC is a testament to all of the hard work we’ve done since the pre-season. We’ve come a long way over the last 14 months and I’m happy that our seniors get to extend their careers while our underclassmen get to experience post-season play for the first time.”
The winner of Saturday’s game will face the winner of the day’s 7 p.m. game between the number-two seeded Nittany Lions of Penn State Altoona from the Allegany Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) and the number-three seeded Nittany Lions of Penn State Harrisburg from the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) at Alfred University on Sunday, Nov. 13.
In total, 16 teams were selected into this year’s championship tournament and divided into four regional brackets. The winners of each bracket will move on to the semi-finals which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19 at site to be determined by the ECAC. The tournament’s championship game will then be hosted at the same site on Sunday, Nov. 20.