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The Times
  • MEN'S SOCCER: Lights return to Wehrum Stadium; Generals win 4-0

  • SEPTEMBER 5 MEN'S SOCCER



    The Herkimer County Community College Generals are one of the NJCAA’s premier programs and with the lights back at Wehrum Stadium they have been able to move their show back into prime time.



    Playing under the lights for the first time in two years, the Generals defeated Fulton-Montgomery Community College 4-0 Tuesday.

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  • HERKIMER COUNTY CC 4, FULTON-MONTGOMERY CC 0
    The Herkimer County Community College Generals are one of the NJCAA’s premier programs and with the lights back at Wehrum Stadium they have been able to move their show back into prime time.
    Playing under the lights for the first time in two years, the Generals defeated Fulton-Montgomery Community College 4-0 Tuesday. All four goals came in the first half for the nation’s top-ranked Division III team.
    “We’re excited,” athletic director Don Dutcher said while watching the second half of Tuesday’s contest. “Playing under the lights brings more of a college atmosphere with kids coming out of the dorms to watch the game. When you play at 4 o’clock classes are still in session.”
    The Wehrum Stadium lights were taken down after the 2010 fall season. Herkimer had them up for the NJCAA championship tournament but took them down after a similar tower fell onto the field at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Near Thanksgiving weekend, stress fractures were discovered in the bases for Herkimer’s lights and the towers were taken down for safety reasons. The school played the spring of 2011 and all of the 2011-12 academic year without lighting for its home contests. The 2011 national tournament was played at two sites — half of the early round matches were moved to SUNYIT — as daylight became a challenge for scheduling.
    The manufacturer provided new bases for the towers and the lights went back up last month. With the new bases, the towers are between five and 10 feet shorter.
    The setting sun will no longer be a problem but stopping the Generals continues to pose a problem for visitors to the campus above the village.
    Aegeus Ruddock got the scoring started 11 minutes into Tuesday’s match and Jordan Stoddart followed with the first of his two goals 11 minutes later for the Generals (5-0-0). Both goals were assisted by leading scorer Charlie Anderson who was held without a goal for the first time this season.
    “Charlie is finding a different part of his game now,” Herkimer coach Pepe Aragon said. “He knows he’s a marked man and he’s learning to find that open man at the 18.”
    Stoddart scored his second goal with Peter McAvoy assist and two minutes later Brian Coyt tallied with an assist from Jimmy Calderon.
    The Generals fired 17 shots and held Fulton-Montgomery’s Raiders without one. Neither Herkimer goalie — Erik Szczerba nor Triston Henry — was called upon to make a save in the team’s fourth consecutive shutout.
    Austin Lee made 10 saves and James deJong added one for the Raiders (0-2-0).
    Saturday’s match against New Jersey’s Essex Community College has been postponed. The Generals play in Binghamton Tuesday against Broome Community College and return home for another night game Sept. 13 against Onondaga Community College.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This is awesome,” Aragon said of playing under the evening sky. “This is what it’s all about. The guys were motivated. They were really excited.”

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