Senior Michael Moulton scored on a penalty kick 2:41 into overtime to lead the No. 11 Hobart College soccer team to a 2-1 win over RIT in a Liberty League game played on Cozzens Field this afternoon. With the win, the Statesmen clinched the No. 2 seed in the Liberty League Tournament and home field advantage in the semifinal game.
Hobart earned its sixth straight victory to improve its record to 16-2-0 and 6-2-0 in league play. With the loss, RIT (10-6-2, 5-2-1 Liberty) becomes the conference tournament’s No. 3 seed. The Statesmen and the Tigers will meet again on Cozzens Field at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Liberty League Tournament semifinal.
Senior Tommy Hayes put the Statesmen up 1-0 just 5:02 into the match. Junior Caetano Sanchez sent a pass from the left side to find Hayes in front of the goal. Hayes then put a header into the left side of the goal to make it 1-0. Hayes now leads the team with 15 points on six goals and three assists this season.
The Tigers answered in the 44th minute. After a foul on Hobart, Ryan Giust took the free kick for RIT. He found Sean Sullivan in the box. Sullivan’s header took a strange bounce off the post and trickled across the goal line to tie the game at one.
Hobart came out strong in the second half. The Statesmen out-shot RIT 10-0 in the second stanza, but couldn’t capitalize on their scoring opportunities. One of Hobart’s chances came with a little over 29 minutes left in regulation. Junior Will Abbott banged a shot off the crossbar. Hobart was unable to find the go ahead goal, and the match went into overtime.
Just 2:41 into the overtime period, Sanchez was fouled in the box and the Statesmen were awarded a penalty kick. Moulton drilled the ball into the back of the net for the game-winner. It was his second goal this season.
Senior goalie Charlie Hale played all 90 minutes and made two saves. Sean Conway finished with three saves in goal for the Tigers. Hobart held an 18-4 advantage in shots, and a 10-1 lead on corner kicks.