Flower City Victory for Men’s and Women’s Soccer

Rochester Athletics – Over the weekend, both the Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams won the annual Flower City Soccer Tournament. Each team competed against four other division teams. The men were up against SUNY Fredonia, Calvin College, and St. John Fisher.  The women’s competition included Medaille College, Skidmore, and SUNY Geneseo.

The University of Rochester Men’s Soccer team beat SUNY Fredonia in the final game, 2-1.  After a scoreless first half, Fredonia got off to a quick start in the second half with several offensive attacks ending with good scoring chances.  However, UR goalkeeper Mike Moranz (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Sutherland) kept the ball at bay. Nevertheless, eight minutes into the second half, the Blue Devils got one past Moranz. The goal put some fire underneath the UR players and they immediately started pressuring the Fredonia defense. In the 56th minute, Rochester freshman Jarvis D’Souza (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) set up classmate Alex Wanger (Penfield, NY/Penfield) on an outstanding pass. The combination ended in a goal by Jakob Seidlitz (Vienna, VA/Georgetown Day) to tie the score. The Yellowjackets didn’t waste any time adding another to the score sheet; freshman D’Souza scored his first goal of the year giving his team a 2-1 lead to win.

Meanwhile, the UR women’s team scored one goal early in each half to clinch the 2-0 victory over Skidmore College.

In the first half, junior Rachel Wesley (Millwood, NY/Horace Greely) and seniors Ellen Coleman (Wauwatosa, WI/Wauwatosa West) and Beth Martens (Hughesville, PA/Blair Academy) played a great offense to put Rochester up 1-0 six minutes into the game. The Thoroughbred defense kept the score at 1-0 throughout the rest of the first half.  But five minutes after half-time Wesley fired from 25 yards out into the back of the net, giving Rochester a 2-0 lead. Skidmore continued pressuring the Yellowjackets throughout the remaining time, but the Lady YellowJackets retained a tight defense to maintain their lead and secure the victory.

Men’s Tournament Awards:
1st Place Team: University of Rochester Yellowjackets
Most Valuable Player: Rochester D Tom Sorrentino
Top Offensive Player: Fredonia F Cory Paine
Top Defensive Player: Rochester D/M Jakob Seidlitz

Women’s Tournament Awards:
1st Place Team: University of Rochester Yellowjackets
Most Valuable Player: Rochester F/D Rachel Wesley
Offensive Player of the Tournament: Skidmore M Kelsey Yam
Defensive Player of the Tournament: Rochester D Danielle Crean

Read more about the Men’s Soccer Team here.

Read more about the Women’s Soccer Team here.

Story courtesy of the Athletic Department, including reports written by Scott Sabocheck, Athletic Communications Asst. Story compiled by Maya Dukmasova, University Communications Intern. Photo Credit: Jamie Germano