The sixth-seeded Hobart College soccer team was edged by third-seeded Skidmore, 2-0, in the first round of the Liberty League soccer tournament this evening. With the loss, the Statesmen fall to 8-5-5 on the season while Skidmore improves to 9-3-5.
Guillermo Castañeda Chang and Christian Burkhart each played 45 minutes in goal for Hobart and combined to make five saves. Bobby Stratts played all 90 minutes in goal for the Thoroughbreds and made five saves.
- The Statesmen carried the early momentum in the game, firing three of the game’s first four shots on goal.
- In the fourth minute, Quinn Phillips had a shot swiped off the goal line by a Skidmore defender. Stratts made a diving stop on Nolan Fierro’s rebound attempt.
- In the fifth minute, Castaneda Chang made a clutch save on Finn Weber’s shot from the top of the 18-yard box.
- Kamal Ibrahim opened the scoring in the 35th minute. He intercepted a Hobart clearing pass and slipped a shot past the Hobart goalie.
- In the 43rd minute, Connor Koschineg had a scoring chance denied by Stratts.
- Frederick Madsen nearly scored the equalizer in the 55th minute, but his attempt was smothered by Stratts.
- After five minutes of midfield play, Brady Trenchard added an insurance goal for the Thoroughbreds. He chipped a shot over Burkhart for his second goal of the season.
- In the 90th minute, Stratts preserved his shutout stopping a header attempt from Robbie Caron.
- Skidmore finished the game with an 18-9 advantage in shots.
- Hobart had a 9-7 edge in corner kicks.
The Thoroughbreds advance to Friday’s league semifinals where they will take on No. 2 seed Vassar.