The Genesee Community College men's soccer team gave Mercyhurst North East its first loss of the season on Thursday night, as the Cougars defended home turf and turned in a 2-0 Western New York Athletic Conference game victory.
Kern O’Reilly rebounded a header from Jake O’Leary that ricocheted off the crossbar and calmly netted the game’s first goal for GCC in the 54th minute to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Genesee then capitalized on a through ball on the back line from Yuta Hashimoto to Austin Richardson in the 68th minute. The two goals sealed the deal for GCC, which maintained a solid back line all night with O’Leary and Kyle Shaw.
With the win, Genesee improves to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
The win comes two days after a 5-0 victory on the road at Corning Community College on Tuesday. The match was a makeup of a Sep. 11 contest that was postponed due to rain.
Ryan Burns netted two goals for GCC and O'Leary, O'Reilly and Nathan Rose also found the back of the net.
Genesee will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Niagara County Community College for a 1 p.m. start.