Fourth-ranked Hobart College advanced to the third round of the Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament for the first time in program history with a 1-0 win over Cortland State this afternoon on Cozzens Field. The Statesmen remain unbeaten with an 18-0-3 overall mark, while the Red Dragons wrap up their season with an 11-7-3 record.
First-year forward Tommy Hayes headed in a cross from senior midfielder Dan Riso for the only tally of the game in the 66th minute. The goal marked Hayes’ third of the season, and Riso’s team-high 25th point.
The Statesmen dictated play for the majority of the match, as they out shot Cortland 28-9, and held an 11-3 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
Hobart had a few good scoring chances in the first half, and senior midfielder Philipp Schoeniger was at the center of most of them. At the 9 minute, 28 second mark, Schoeniger booted a free kick that nearly snuck in just under the crossbar, but Red Dragon goalie Jack Carillo was there to punch the ball over the net.
With 13:57 left before the break, sophomore Justin Dotzman threw a long ball into the six yard box straight to the head of Schoeniger for a shot on net. Again, Carillo came up with the save.
In the second half, Schoeniger had another chance on a free kick just outside the 18 yard box, as did senior midfielder Tyler Webster but both sent the shots high over the goal.
Hobart senior goalkeeper Pete Van Dellon stopped three saves as he notched his season record-breaking 11th shutout of the year, while Carillo finished with 11 stops for the Red Dragons.
The Statesmen will meet Ohio Northern University (19-5-1) in the NCAA Tournament third round next weekend; date, time and site will be announced later.