JOHNSTOWN — Aiden VanLoan scored twice in the second half as the Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s soccer team kicked off its season Saturday with a 3-2 win over Onondaga Community College.
Jack Albertin opened the scoring for F-MCC on a penalty kick 10 minutes into the match, with Raiders goalkeeper Jared Rubin responding by denying an OCC penalty kick midway through the half.
VanLoan added to the Raiders’ lead with 14:28 left in the second half, and while the Lazers quickly got a goal back, VanLoan answered to restore a two-goal lead before OCC knocked in a late goal with three minutes left.
“Today may not have been the cleanest game we have played, but it says a lot when you don’t play your best and can still find a way to win,” F-MCC coach Cory Leggiero said.
Lady Raiders finsh 2nd at Jefferson CC invitational
WATERTOWN — The F-MCC volleyball team opened its season Saturday at the Jefferson Community College Invitational, where the Lady Raiders reached the final before dropping a pair of close sets to champion Monroe Community College.
During pool play, F-MCC picked up two-set sweeps of Herkimer and Cayuga while dropping two sets to Monroe to finish second in the group and advance to the semifinals.
In the semis, the Lady Raiders won 25-19, 25-23 over host Jefferson, which ended F-MCC’s 2016 season in the NJCAA Region 3 tournament final. Bri Eagan had 15 kills, Megan Ryder had 12 digs and five kills and Gabby Smith contributed 20 assists in the semifinal win.
However, Monroe proved too much for F-MCC in the championship match, winning by scores of 25-20 and 25-22.
On the day, Ryder totaled 46 kills and Eagan contributed 44 kills to lead the Lady Raiders. Smith tallied 87 assists over the five matches.
“We are off to a great start this season,” F-MCC coach Rachael Salvione said. “I am very pleased with their level of play this weekend.”
F-MCC cross country runs at SUNY Poly
UTICA — The F-MCC men’s and women’s cross country teams opened up their season Saturday at the SUNY Poly Short Course Invitational.
The F-MCC men finished 11th out of 13 teams, led by Travis Geniti’s 73rd-place individual finish. F-MCC’s also had Antonio Natole finished just inside the top 100 in 97th.
Lyndsey Fiore was F-MCC’s only female runner, finishing 97th.