SUNY Potsdam Wins; Roos Suffer First Loss
POTSDAM, N.Y. --- The SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team (2-3-1) was defeated by the Hobart College Statesmen (5-1-0) 1-0 on Wednesday night. Although the Bears defense prevented many scoring chances, they struggled to challenge Statesmen offensively. Senior midfielder Tristian Cornell Roberts (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) scored the first and only goal of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Conor Callan (Piermont, N.Y./Tappan Zee) made seven saves for Potsdam.
Hobart found scoring opportunities early, challenging Callan three times in the early minutes, but the goalkeeper was able to smother each attempt. The Statesmen's continuous pressure eventually led to the lone goal of the contest. At 33:14, Roberts beat his defender and sent the ball just inside the right post. Junior midfielders Pete Critchlow (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and Kyle Mangold (Short Hills, N.J./Millburn) each assisted on the goal. The same was true for the remainder of the half as Hobart continued to generate opportunities with aggression and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
As in the first half, both defenses were alert and the offenses struggled to create opportunities to score. After a quiet contest for much of the half, Hobart nearly took a 2-0 lead with just under 17 minutes left in the game. Freshman midfielder Lucas Montero's (Fairfield, Conn/Fairfield Warde) free kick nearly saw the net, but Callan was able to deflect it with his body for his fifth save. With three minutes left, Callan was once again challenged as he blocked a header shot by senior midfielder Nate Cary (Milton, Vt./Rice Memorial). The save by Callan kept the Bears alive in the contest and gave them one more attempt to tie the game. Senior forward Alejandro Callejas (Bayshore, N.Y./Brentwood) got one last opportunity for Potsdam with three minutes to go, but his shot was corralled by Hobart senior goalkeeper Brian Salazar (Revere, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols) to secure the 1-0 victory for the Statesmen.
Salazar saved four shots for Hobart to earn the win and shutout
The Bears are back on the road Saturday as they travel to RPI to face the Engineers at 12 p.m.
Castleton 3 - Canton 1: Junior Brett Anderson scored his first goal of the season but the SUNY Canton men’s soccer team (2-1-2) fell for the time in 2019 dropping a 3-1 road decision in non-conference action at Castleton (1-3-0) on Wednesday.
The Spartans came out firing on all cylinders early scoring all three of their goals in the opening 20 minutes. Colby Gay found Jacob Godfrey for the 1-0 lead in the fourth minute and Jack Kingdon recorded back-to-back tallies five minutes apart. Castleton held a 12-5 shots and 7-2 shots on goal edge in the opening half.Tyler Petersen made all three saves he faced keeping the hosts off the board in the second half. Dawson Pellerin finished with four stops earning the start.Anderson got one back for the Roos in the 83rd minute scoring unassisted. The goal was the fifth career marker for the junior from Seneca Falls, NY.Shayne O’Neill, Alex Kenmogne and Evran Akman had Canton’s other shots on goal. The Roos open North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play on Saturday when they host Thomas College at 1 p.m.