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Fast start sends Hobart past #20 Clarkson

The Hobart College soccer team defeated 20th-ranked Clarkson 1-0 in a Liberty League Contest on Cozzens Field Saturday afternoon. With the win, Hobart is now 5-3-3 overall this season with a 2-1-2 record in Liberty League play. Clarkson is 7-2-2 overall with a 1-2-2 record in conference play.

Connor Koschineg scored the goal for Hobart. Guillermo Castañeda Chang played all 90 minutes in goal and made three saves. Carter Kladstrup played all 90 minutes in goal for the Golden Knights.

KEY STATS:

  • Hobart finished the game with a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Clarkson held an 8-7 edge in shots.
  • The Statesmen are 2-0-0 this season against ranked opponents.

FIRST HALF: 

  • Hobart almost opened the scoring in the fourth minute, but Quinn Phillips’ shot from the top of the 18-yard box was swiped off the line by a Clarkson defender.
  • In the 10th minute, Koschineg headed home a Nolan Fierrocorner kick for his second goal of the season. Fierro and Koschineg are tied for the team lead with seven points on two goals and three assists.
  • One minute later, the Golden Knights had a chance to tie the game, but Taro Hayashi’s shot was stopped by a diving stop by Castaneda Chang.
  • Koschineg nearly made it 2-0, but he fired a shot off of the right goalpost.

SECOND HALF:

  • A good portion of the second half was played in the midfield. Clarkson had a slight 3-2 edge in shots.
  • Frederick Madsen had a chance blocked by a Clarkson defender.
  • In the 76th minute, Colin Wright had a free-kick attempt smothered by Castaneda Chang.

COACH’S CORNER:

“That was a physical battle between two good soccer teams,” Head Coach Shawn Griffin said. “I am really proud of the way the team played today. It was a great team win. Getting three points in the Liberty League is so hard, we’ll take it.”

UP NEXT:

Hobart will be back in action next weekend, October 14-15, when it welcomes Union and Rensselaer to Cozzens Field. The Statesmen will host the Dutchmen on Friday at 4 p.m. and the Engineers on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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