BATAVIA, N.Y. (Oct. 26) - The Erie Community College men's soccer team got a goal from sophomore Craig Raines (Gloucester, Va./Greensboro College) with 1:38 remaining to lift the Kats to a 3-2 win Tuesday afternoon past seventh-ranked Genesee Community College in the Region III quarterfinals at GCC.
ECC improves to 12-4, the program's most wins since 1990, while GCC ends its season 15-3. ECC last advanced to the Region III semifinals in 2002.
Freshman Adan Mukumbira (Buffalo/Grover Cleveland H.S.) dribbled through the GCC defense before finding Raines who had made a run down the outside. Raines converted Mukumbira's pass for the winning goal.
"It was the longest minute and 38 seconds of my life," said ECC head coach Bernie Feldmann. "But we couldn't have done it without 'JB' (goalkeeper Gobran Nagi) who stood on his head, stopping two free kicks and making 10 saves in the last five minutes."
Nagi finished with 18 saves.
ECC trailed 2-0 early in the first half after it was one player down due to a red card seven minutes and 30 seconds into the contest. The Kats got on the scoreboard when freshman Trevor Vanderbush (Holland, N.Y./Holland H.S.) scored on a rebound from a free kick by Pablo Ordonez (Cheektowaga/Cheektowaga H.S.) at the 21-minute mark. Raines then tied the game with seven seconds remaining in the half when he scored after a scramble.
"Craig's first goal made all the difference," said Feldmann, who is in his first year as the Kats' head coach. "To come away tied at two with the way the game started for us was remarkable. We went into a defensive position to start the second half to give the guys some rest on the field."
ECC continues its championship run against either third-seeded Tompkins Cortland or sixth-seeded North Country in the Region III semifinals later this week.