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HERKIMER – The Mohawk Valley Community College Hawks, serving as the de facto home team for the NJCAA Division III women’s soccer tournament at Herkimer College’s Wehrum Stadium, earned a spot in Friday’s semifinals with a victory by 7-1 in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
Herkimer’s men, playing on the road in their national tournament for the first time since 2008, also won the quarterfinals at Genesee Community College.
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Mohawk Valley, Brookhaven, Delta return to women’s semifinals
The unbeaten third-seeded Hawks defeated Rowan College of South Jersey-Gloucester 7-1 in the last of four Wednesday games at Herkimer. Mohawk Valley led 5-0 at halftime and had hat-tricks from Central Valley Academy graduate Jazmyn Gillette and Mt. Markham High School graduate Amber Piersma, each with an assist on top of their three goals. Former Poland Tornado Lexi Bates scored the other goal.
Hannah Pcola, another Mt. Markham graduate, made seven saves and allowed just one goal in the 64th minute.
Mohawk Valley (15-0-0) plays No. 2 Delta College (15-1-2) in the semifinal on Friday at 6:30 pm. Delta won 13-0 on Wednesday against Bristol Community College
Delta defeated Mohawk Valley 5-1 in a spring semifinal en route to winning the national championship for the 2020-21 academic year.
The early semifinal pits No. 1 Dallas College-Brookhaven (14-0-1), the No. 1 seed and defending champion, against No. 4 Genesee Community College (10-3-2). Genesee won a shootout on penalties Wednesday after playing Ocean County College to a scoreless draw in overtime; the Cougars converted their first four penalty kicks and won the shootout 4-2 after being outscored 13-7 in regulation and 17-12 overall.
Brookhaven defeated Mohawk Valley 3-1 in the semifinals last fall. The Hawks beat Genesee 4-2 at home on October 20.
Top seeds advance in men’s tournament
In Batavia, the Herkimer second-seeded Generals got two goals and an assist from Suntaro Morimoto and two goals from Proctor High School graduate Ali Somow in a 7-1 win over Raritan Valley Community College. Tamato Fujishima contributed three assists, and Nicjlas Kamfjord, Aseong Choi and Rory Fisher each scored a goal.
Herkimer’s goalkeeper Cathal Carney made five saves and did not allow a goal before retiring with a 6–0 lead; Canastota High School graduate Jonathan Bovair played the final 30 minutes.
The Generals’ opponent for Friday’s semifinal at 6:30 pm will be Region III rival and No. 3 seed Genesee Community College, which won 5-0 Wednesday over Anne Arundel Community College.
Herkimer (14-0-1) defeated Genesee (13-3-3) 2-0 on October 5 at Herkimer.
The other men’s seed has Dallas College-Richland (14-0-1), the No. 1 seed and defending champion, taking on No. 4 Camden County College (14-2-0). Richland beat Community College of Rhode Island 5-0 in Wednesday’s opener and Camden County won 3-2 against Suffolk County Community College.