Saturday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 9/26/2010
Saturday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Hartwick 1, Hartford 0
Stetson 2, Florida Atlantic 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Hartwick 1, Hartford 0
ONEONTA, NY - Senior Steven Amaya (Oakland Gardens, NY/MLK) scored on a header in the 56th minute from an Owen Botting (Billingshurst, England/Heidelberg College) cross to push Hartwick past visiting Hartford on Saturday night on Elmore Field. The victory is the first for the Hawks this season and the first for 'Wick's head coach John Scott.

Botting moved up the left sideline, cut the ball past a defender and his right footed service into the box was met by the 5-foot, 8-inch Amaya who won the header to the far post past Hartford goalkeeper Jordan Bar for the game-winner.

The Hartwick defense held up over the final 25 minutes of the game as it only allowed one corner kick and one Hartford shot well over the crossbar in the closing seconds of the match. 'Wick goalkeeper Jake Wright (Los Angeles, CA/Cal State Northridge)  made five saves, all coming in the first half, to earn his first career shutout in goal. 

Hartford held a 6-4 edge in shots in the opening half of play but did not get many solid scoring chances. Despite an early header that Wright was able to collect, all of Hartford's shots were from well outside the 18-yard box and easily saved. 

The Hawks had their best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes in the 18th minute. Junior Joel Collins (Johnson City, NY/Binghamton) broke down the right sideline and served a perfect ball into the box for sophomore Simon Greatwich (Lewes, England/Lewes Priory). His far-post header, however, just missed the woodwork and the game remained 0-0.

Scoring chances were at a premium in the second half with just four shots total being taken by the two squads. Amaya's header was the difference at the 55:09 mark of the match as he registered his team-best fourth goal of the year and his 10th career tally in a Hartwick uniform.

With the victory, Hartwick improves to 3-2 against Hartford all-time. 'Wick has two straight 1-0 wins over their counterparts after a shutout win last season in Connecticut.

The Hawks look to ride the momentum of tonight's win into Mid-American Conference play which begins on Tuesday at Elmore. 'Wick hosts the University at Buffalo at 7 p.m.

Stetson 2, Florida Atlantic 0
DeLAND, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team had their three-match unbeaten streak snapped and dropped a 2-0 decision to Stetson at the Stetson Soccer Complex on Saturday evening.    

The Owls (2-3-1) kept things level until halftime as FAU keeper James McCormick tallied two saves in the first period to keep Stetson off the board. 

In the second half, the Hatters (3-2-1) broke through in the 61st minute when Gonzalo De Mujica blasted one past McCormick from 20 yards out to put Stetson ahead 1-0. 

Ryan Asare-Bediako extended the Stetson lead to 2-0 eight minutes later with his first goal of the season. 

Rocco Pecora paced the offense for FAU and recorded two shots.  Benny Barshai tallied the only shot on target for the Owls. Stetson outshot FAU 10-6 during the match.

James McCormick made three saves in net and suffered his first loss of the season. 

The Owls will be back in action next Friday when they open conference play on the road at Akron.