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Morrisville State men's soccer opens season with win

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Shaman Mason (Syracuse, NY/Nottingham) and Andrew Ketchum (Chili, NY/Churchville-Chili) each netted two goals to lead Morrisville State to a 6-1 non-conference win Saturday afternoon over Cazenovia College on Lemery Field in Morrisville.

Mason got Morrisville State on the board early, netting the first Mustang goal at 11:39. Ketchum connected on a penalty kick minutes later, giving the Mustangs the 2-0 lead heading into the half.

In the second half, Morrisville State rallied for two quick scores, one from Mason at 62:37 and the second from John Jones (Potsdam, NY/Potsdam) at 71:12. Mason tallied the assist.

Cazenovia College finally found the back of the net within seconds of Jones’ goal, as Joe Cioffi (Cohoes, NY/Cohoes) chipped one past goalkeeper Anthony Woods (Cicero, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse). Woods tallied one save on the afternoon.

Ketchum added a fifth Morrisville goal, striking at the top of the box to increase the Mustang lead. In the closing minutes of the contest, Chris Wisdom (Brooklyn, NY/Abraham Lincoln) added the final goal of the contest, giving Morrisville State the 6-1 victory.

Paolo Sardella (Keene, NY/Keene Central) tallied four saves in net for Morrisville in 55 minutes of play.

Erik Tice (Leeds, NY/Cairo-Durham) recorded the loss in net for the Wildcats, saving six. Sam Cimino (Syracuse, NY/Henninger) tallied one save in the final 18 minutes of play.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.