BUFFALO ó The State University of New York College at Buffalo menís soccer team took control early and cruised to a 3-0 victory over visiting SUNY New Paltz in an Oct. 26 regular season finale on a wet, windy and cold Coyer Field. The win earned the team its first conference postseason berth since 2007, in the first year under head coach Mark Howlett.
Erik Tellgren of Springville, a graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute opened the scoring with a strike off a rebound in the 20th minute, and Andrew Dugan extended the lead in the 43rd minute, when he beat the keeper to a breakaway ball and flicked it over him into the back of the net. CJ Scirto assisted on each of the Bengalsí first 2 goals.
The Bengals had the wind at their backs in the second half and pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 50th minute, when Keegan Lezama netted his fourth of the season off a cross from Tellgren. Buffalo State played ball control for the rest of the game.
The Bengals outshot New Paltz 20-7 for the contest, including 12-1 with the wind in the second half. Robby Kuhnle needed to make two saves to preserve the shutout for Buffalo State.
The Bengals will be the No. 5 seed in the SUNYAC playoffs and will travel to No. 4 Plattsburgh for a quarterfinal match on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.