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Morrisville State men's soccer pick up win over Purchase

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s soccer team scored three second half goals to top host Purchase College, 5-2, Saturday afternoon in Purchase.

Morrisville State’s Andrew Ketchum (Chili, NY/Churchville-Chili) scored on a penalty kick just 56 seconds into the contest and Tyler Sullivan (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) at 15 minutes to give the Mustangs the early 2-0 lead over the Panthers.

Purchase’s Tom Marven struck back midway through the half to bring the Panthers within one, sneaking one past goalkeeper Anthony Woods (Cicero, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse). Dan Grabowski-Clark added a second score at the 32:05 mark, sending the game into halftime tied at two.

In the second half, Morrisville State exploded with three straight scores, the first at 52:54 from Gabe Parra-Merrell (Wolcott, NY/North Rose-Wolcott), another from Shaman Mason (Syracuse, NY/Nottingham) at 56:06 and the final from Austin Kron (Alpine, NY/Odessa-Montour) at 85:14.

Matt Green (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) had a career best three assists on the afternoon as teammates Mason and Ketchum each added one.

Woods tallied two saves in net as Paolo Sardella (Keene, NY/Keene Central) tallied three in the final 14 minutes of play.

Morrisville State improves to 2-1 overall and return to the field Tuesday against Hilbert College in Morrisville. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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.