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Hobart, Union battle to scoreless draw

The Hobart College soccer team and Union played to a scoreless draw on Cozzens Field on Friday afternoon. The Statesmen are now 5-3-4 overall with a 2-1-3 record in the Liberty League. The Dutchmen are now 3-5-2 on the year with a 0-3-1 mark in conference play.

Guillermo Castañeda Chang played all 90 minutes in goal for Hobart. He made five saves. Sean Speck also made five saves in the Union goal.

KEY STATS:

  • Hobart finished the game with a 12-10 edge in shots and an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.

FIRST HALF:

  • Union took the game to the Statesmen right from the opening whistle, taking seven of the game’s first eight shots.
  • In the second minute, Evan Perry headed a corner kick off of the crossbar.
  • In the 12th minute, Castaneda Chang came up huge for Hobart, making a pair of diving stops. He dove to his right to stop a Robbie Michalski shot and then dove to his right to stop a Grant Della Rocca shot.
  • During that sequence, Stephan Akichy also had a shot bounce off the crossbar.
  • After a furious 15 minutes of defending, Hobart settled things down. In the 36th minute, Marcelo Suarez had a chance stopped by Speck.

SECOND HALF:

  • The Statesmen had a 9-3 edge in shots in the second half.
  • In the 51st minute, Speck made a diving stop on a Quinn Phillips attempt.
  • Ten minutes later, Amad Miller ripped a shot off the right goalpost. Connor Koschineg’s rebound attempt went wide right.
  • Hobart continued to press in the final ten minutes of the contest, but could not sneak a shot past the Union goalie.

COACH’S CORNER:

“That was another hard-fought Liberty League game,” Head Coach Shawn Griffin said. “We’ve got to bounce back and be ready less than 24 hours from now. I’m very happy that we didn’t give up a goal today and I look forward to tomorrow’s match against RPI.”

UP NEXT:

The Statesmen will be back in action tomorrow, October 15, when it welcomes Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to Cozzens Field. The Liberty League contest is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.



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