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TC3 Men's Soccer Repeats as MSAC Champions
 October 17, 2013

Morgan Shutter Nets Hat Trick as Panthers Top Cayuga 5-0

DRYDEN, N.Y. – For the second straight year, and the third time in four years, the Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s soccer team is the Mid-State Athletic Conference champion. The Panthers finished a perfect conference season with a 5-0 win over Cayuga Community College Wednesday. The win leaves TC3 6-0 in the MSAC this year, and 21-1-2 in conference games over the past four seasons. It was the first conference loss of the year for Cayuga.

            The game also featured the first collegiate hat trick for freshman Morgan Shutter (Odessa-Montour H.S./Alpine). Shutter opened the scoring late in the first half, taking a pass from Cheick Ndiaye (Brooklyn International H.S./Brooklyn) and working into the box for the successful shot with 2:21 left in the half. The score remained 1-0 into the half, but it didn’t take long for the Panthers to heat up in the second half.

Just 79 seconds into the second half, the Panthers made it 2-0 on a goal by Joseph Valle (Monroe Woodbury H.S./Highland Mills), set up by a shot by Shutter that the Cayuga goal keeper saved but couldn’t control. The game’s third and fourth goals both came from Shutter over the next 12 minutes, with assists from Yauhen Malko (James Madison H.S./Brooklyn) and Ndaiye. The final score came from Malko with 16:33 left, making the score 5-0.

TC3 keeper McZiggy Richards (School for Human Rights H.S./Brooklyn) had two saves for the shutout, and received help in the form of a spectacular play by sweeper Evan Holl (Marathon H.S./Marathon) midway through the second half. After Richards came out to challenge a ball, the Cayuga player got by him and appeared to have an open goal, but Holl raced back in time to clear the ball just before it crossed into the goal.

TC3’s record is now 11-0-3 overall and 6-0-1 in the West Division of Region III. The Panthers host Sussex County Community College Saturday to close out the regular season before heading into the NJCAA playoffs.

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