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Hobart soccer battles to 1-1 tie with Medaille

GENEVA, N.Y.—The Hobart College soccer team battled to a 1-1 draw in a non-conference contest on Cozzens Field this afternoon. Today’s game was the home opener for the Statesmen.

Brian Sheehan scored the Statesmen’s lone goal. Christian Burkhart and Guillermo Castañeda Chang each played 45 minutes in goal. Burkhart got the start and made two saves while Castataneda Chang played the second half, stopping one shot.

FIRST HALF:

  • Hobart controlled the first half, earning an 11-3 advantage in shots.
  • Frederick Madsen had the game’s first chance 29 seconds into the contest, but his shot from 18-yards out was stopped by the Medaille goalie.
  • The Mavericks had a chance in the fourth minute, but Bryce Koagel’s attempt was stopped by Burkhart.
  • The Statesmen’s offensive pressure continued in the 10th minute, but Quinn Phillips fired a shot just over the crossbar.
  • Jacob Siegel had a pair of chances in the closing stages of the first half, but he could not find the range.

SECOND HALF:

  • Rodrigo Fernandez nearly opened the scoring less than a minute into the second half with a dangerous free kick from just outside the 18-yard box.
  • On the ensuing corner kick, Ander Castillo headed home a shot into the lower right corner of the cage. Samuel Wickins earned the assist on the goal.
  • Hobart answered five minutes later off a corner kick of its own. Brian Sheehan got his head on a Nolan Fierro corner kick for his second goal of the season. The ball also bounced off a pair of Medaille defenders and settled in the cage.
  • The Mavericks nearly regained the lead in the 55th minute on a Castillo free kick, but Castaneda Chang made the save.
  • Hobart had its chances down the stretch but could not find the game-winning goals. In the closing stages, Phillips had a shot blocked and a second just miss the crossbar.

KEY STATS:

  • Hobart finished the game with a 20-8 advantage in shots and a 7-5 edge in corner kicks.
  • Medaille played the final 17 minutes down a man.

COACH’S CORNER:
“First of all, hats off to a very good team,” Head Coach Shawn Griffin said. “They’re a talented group. It was exactly what we expected. We are a little disappointed we didn’t capitalize when we were up a player, but that’s soccer. You have to take advantage of those opportunities. I am super proud of how hard we played and how competitive we were. We generated some scoring chances, but you compete against the opponent and the game, and today that’s why you saw a 1-1 tie.”

UP NEXT:
Hobart will be back in action Sept. 10-11, when it heads to Oneonta for the 2022 Mayor’s Cup. The Statesmen will open the tournament against Hartwick on Saturday at 4 p.m. and then take on Oneonta on Sunday.

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