The Colgate men's soccer team earned a 1-0 win over Holy Cross to claim its second-straight Patriot League Championship and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament Nov. 12 at Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, Maryland.
The team advanced to the semis after sophomore Kentaro Morrison sophomore Kentaro Morrison scored the game-winning goal in the 71st minute to lift the sixth-seeded Raiders to a 1-0 win at third-seeded Bucknell Tuesday night in the Patriot League Quarterfinals.
With Sunday’s win, the Raiders capture their seventh Patriot League Championship in program history and Colgate becomes the first team to claim back-to-back titles since Bucknell did so in 2009-10. Colgate is the first six-seed to ever win the Patriot League Tournament. The win secured the Raiders 10th victory of the season and Colgate has now secured three-straight 10-plus win seasons for the first time in program history.
Junior Oliver Harris scored the game-winning goal in the 67th minute to lift the Raiders to victory. Harris, juniors Steven DeLeo and Aram Ouligian, and senior Jared Stroud were named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Stroud was crowned MVP of the tournament for his efforts in Colgate’s title run.
Jacob Harris made three saves to secure his fourth shutout of the season and moves to 6-1-0.
“They’re high-character young men who are great students, great players, great people and the total package. They earned this,” said Coach Erik Ronning.
Colgate will face Massachusetts (15-3-3) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament that takes place Thursday. The winning team will take on No. 13 Michigan in Sunday's second-round action.