HERKIMER, N.Y. — The Herkimer College offense overpowered Genesee Community College’s Cougars in the first half Saturday and Generals dealt the NJCAA’s top-ranked Division III women’s soccer team a 6-0 defeat at Wehrum Stadium.
All six of the Herkimer goals came before halftime with Mikayla Blumenstock, a sophomore from Poland scoring two of the goals and assisting on two others for the third-ranked Generals (12-1-0).
Jenna Rogers got the scoring started with a goal assisted by Blumenstock at 16:09. Sarah George, a freshman from Little Falls then assisted on goals 36 seconds apart scored by Haley Harrington and Maddie Renshaw, a freshman from Herkimer.
The first three goals came in a span of just over two minutes, and Blumenstock added her first goal less than four minutes later. Blumenstock would strike again with Hailey Couchman assisting on both of her goals before the pair swapped roles and Couchman capped the scoring with a Blumenstock-assisted goal in the 38th minute.
Genesee (9-2-1) wound up outshooting the Generals 13-12 but goalies Rachel Todd and Honesti Crochran teamed up on the seventh shutout for Herkimer. Todd started and made six saves in the first half; Crochran had seven saves in the second half.
Jaclyn Guzdek and Rachel Meyer combined to make six saves for Genesee.
The schools’ nationally-ranked men’s teams — Herkimer (14-1-1) is ranked fourth, one spot behind Genesee (10-2-1) — played to a 2-2 tie following the women’s match.
Neither team scored in the first half, and the Generals led 1-0 and 2-1 in the second half when the first three goals came in a span of five minutes. Luke Murphy opened the scoring for the Generals with a goal assisted by Gus Ward, and Ward had the second Herkimer goal with an assist from Camilo Avendano.
Roandre Wollery made three saves for Herkimer which is 1-1-1 in its last three matches after starting the season with 13 consecutive wins.
Cougar Sam Hall scored the tying goal with an assist from Charlie Livesey with 20 seconds left in regulation. Glenn Holmes had the first Genesee goal.
Herkimer plays at home Wednesday against Jefferson Community College with the men starting at 4:30 p.m. and the women’s match to follow. The Generals finish the regular season with another twin bill Oct. 17 against Finger Lakes Community College.
MEN: Mohawk Valley CC 3, Jefferson CC 0
WOMEN: Mohawk Valley CC 5, Jefferson CC 0
WATERTOWN, N.Y. — The Mohawk Valley Community College Hawks earned a pair of shutouts Saturday when the men beat Jefferson Community College 3-0 and the women defeated the Cannoneers 5-0.
Sydney Cook, a freshman from Waterville, scored three goals in the second half and the women ran their record to 5-7-0 in a match that was scoreless at halftime. Alexandra Stant opened the scoring on a penalty kick five minutes into the second half, and Frankfort-Schuyler graduate Rose Simmons scored six minutes later with an assist from former West Canada Valley Indian Joelle Ceneviva. Emilie Lewandowski from Dolgeville and Natasia Edick from Richfield Springs each assisted on one of Cook’s goals.
The shutout was the first this season for the Hawks.
Dan Guimaraes had two of the men’s goals for Mohawk Valley (4-8-0) and Abdi Osman added a goal and an assist. Carson Nedell made two saves in the third shutout for the Hawks.
Both Mohawk Valley squads play Wednesday against Onondaga Community College in the first of four home doubleheaders in 11 days to finish the regular season.