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Hobart rallies past Buffalo State, 2-1

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  • Kyle Evans 

The Hobart College soccer team scored twice in the second half as it rallied for a 2-1 victory over Buffalo State in a non-conference contest at Coyer Field on Tuesday evening. It was the third come-from-behind victory for the Statesmen in the last four games.

In addition to today’s win, Hobart (8-3-5) secured a spot in the Liberty League tournament. The Statesmen’s playoff hopes were secured thanks to Ithaca’s 1-0 loss to RIT earlier in the afternoon.

Amad Miller led the way for Hobart, registering a goal and an assist in the win. Christian Burkhart played all 90 minutes in goal and made two saves. Alex Velasquez played all 90 minutes in goal for Buffalo State (4-8-5). He made four saves.

KEY STATS:

  • Both teams finished the game with 10 shots, Hobart had a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Bengals finished with a 7-4 edge in corner kicks.
  • The Statesmen have won five straight matches against Buffalo State and are now 6-0-1 all-time against the Bengals.

FIRST HALF:

  • Mattheus Souza nearly gave Hobart a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute, but his shot was turned aside by a diving Velasquez.
  • Brian Sheehan had a shot in the 29th minute smothered by Velasquez.
  • The Bengals opened the scoring in the 34th minute on Manu Prieto’s third goal of the season. Ali Mohamed was credited with an assist on the goal.

SECOND HALF:

  • Buffalo State nearly took a 2-0 lead, but Burkhart made a key save on a Pat Knudsen shot to keep it a one-goal game.
  • In the 71st minute, Burkhart made another clutch save off a shot from Moe Saif.
  • Quinn Phillips netted the equalizer in the 76th minute. He fired a shot from outside the 18-yard box that deflected off the goalie’s hands and across the goal line. His fourth goal of the season was assisted by Miller.
  • Four minutes later, Miller netted a goal of his own, heading home a rebound for his third tally of the year. Connor Koschineg and Nolan Fierro were credited with assists on the goal.

COACH’S CORNER: 

“Buffalo State is another highly competitive opponent that got our guys to compete for 90 minutes,” Head Coach Shawn Griffin said. “It was a super effort from everyone tonight.”

UP NEXT:

Hobart will be back in action Saturday, October 29, when it heads to Canton, New York, to conclude its regular season against 18th-ranked St. Lawrence. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.