The Hobart College soccer team broke into the top-five in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. Hobart moved up two spots to become the fourth-ranked team in Division III. This is the highest ranking for the Statesmen since the 1992 team entered the NCAA Tournament at No. 1 after posting a 15-0-0 regular season record.
Hobart added to its unbeaten mark with a 2-1 overtime win at Oneonta and a scoreless draw vs. Ithaca last week. The Statesmen now stand at 13-0-2 overall and are second in the Liberty League standings with a 4-0-1 mark.
Senior midfielder Philipp Schoeniger tallied the game-winner against the Red Dragons, increasing his season total to 11 points and earning the league’s Co-Offensive Performer of the Week award for his efforts.
Senior netminder Pete Van Dellon has anchored the defense all season, and did so again last week, collecting eight saves and his eighth shutout of the year. His 20 career shutouts rank second on Hobart’s all-time list, and he is three shy of taking over the top spot. Van Dellon tops the Liberty League with a 0.52 goals against average, 66 saves, and eight shutouts.
Hobart will face Rensselaer (10-3-1, 5-0-0 Liberty League) in Troy on Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. The Statesmen and Red Hawks will battle it out for first place in the Liberty League standings.