October 26, 2016
No. 6 Baruch stuns No. 3 CCNY in CUNYAC quarters
NEW YORK -- Sixth-seeded Baruch College upset the third-seeded City College of New York, 4-2, in an exciting quarterfinal in the City University of New York Athletic Conference tournament at Randall's Island Field #10 Wednesday afternoon.
The visiting Bearcats and Beavers played to a scoreless first half with very few scoring opportunities, as each team was careful to give up free space or make any mistakes.
The second half was a different story.
The Bearcats stunned the defending champions by scoring three times during a 10-minute span (61st, 68th and 71st minutes) behind goals from Marcello Neto (free kick), Oshae Miller and Shaiem Morad.
The Beavers did not go away quietly and scored twice in the 78th and 85th minutes to cut the score to 3-2. They came close to tying the game in the 88th minute, but the Bearcats on a counter attack put the match out of reach with a solo strike by Dortion Alipaj.
"The CUNYAC tournament is a brand new season, and we prepared our players and practiced hard the past few days to be ready," Baruch head coach Ranford Champagnie said. "CCNY deserves lots of credit. They did not give up and battled to the very end in what turned out to be an exciting playoff match for everybody."
The Bearcats, who advanced to their seventh conference semifinal in the past eight years, will next play second-seeded and rival Hunter College on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the neutral site Brooklyn College Soccer Complex.
Wednesday, Oct. 26
Quarterfinals at higher seed
#6 Baruch 4, #3 CCNY 2
#4 Staten Island 3, #5 Brooklyn 1
Saturday, Oct. 29
Semifinals at Brooklyn College
#1 Lehman vs #4 Staten Island, 2 p.m.
#2 Hunter vs #6 Baruch, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Final at Brooklyn College
Semifinal Winners, 4:30 p.m.