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Cougars Begin National Title Quest on Thursday

Cougars Begin National Title Quest on Thursday

Making its third National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament appearance in school history, the Genesee Community College women's soccer team will begin its quest for a national title in the quarter-finals of the 2014 Women's Soccer Championships on Thursday afternoon. The Cougars will take on Herkimer County Community College in the opening-round at Ocean County Community College in Toms River, NJ.

The No. 2 nationally-ranked Cougars won the Region III Group B title to qualify for the national tournament and are currently on a six-game winning streak.

No. 4 Herkimer County earned its nationals bid by winning the Region III Group A title and the Generals are winners of nine out of their last 10 games.

Last time out:

Genesee (15-3) defeated SUNY Broome 2-0 to win the Region III Group B championship on Nov. 1. Kayla Doyle and Ashley Makowski recorded the GCC goals and the Cougars' defense held the Hornets to just three shots in the game.

Herkimer (13-2) dropped Hudson Valley CC 2-0 in the Region III Group A finals on Nov. 1. Danielle Nicosia and Nicole Dollen scored the HCCC goals and Sydney Stanley made four saves in net to preserve the shutout.

What to watch for:

Genesee leads the season series vs. Herkimer, 1-0. The Cougars shut out the Generals at home on Oct. 18, 4-0.

The pairing of GCC and the HCCC is the only quarter-finals matchup between two teams that have played each other this season.

GCC's last national tournament appearance came in 2010 when it finished runner-up, falling in the title game.

The game:

Start time is set for 3:30pm on Thursday at Ocean County Community College in Toms River, NJ.

Live video: http://www.njcaatv.com/soccerchamp/

For updates, in-game photos and results- follow Genesee Athletics on Twitter: @GCCSports