The Hobart College soccer team defeated RIT 1-0 in Liberty League action on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Tiger Stadium. The Statesmen finish the season with a 10-7-0 overall record and a 4-4-0 mark in the league. The Tigers are 9-7-1 overall and 3-4-1 in conference play.
Shots were even at 13 apiece, as were corner kicks with each team taking four on the afternoon.
Hobart sophomore Oddmund Nesbakk scored the game’s lone goal and his first collegiate goal in the 14th minute. Senior Alex Kittelberger fired a shot that RIT keeper, Ben Frazier, stopped. The rebound came to Nesbakk who fired into the open goal.Kittelberger finished the year with a team-high 18 points on seven goals and four assists.
The Tigers had several good scoring chances in the first half, the best coming late in the half when Sean Coots dribbled by a defender and shot. Hobart sophomore keeper Mike Lucas made the save.
The Statesmen had a golden chance to make it a 2-0 game late in the second half when senior Caetano Sanchez broke in alone on Frazier. Frazier came off his line to challenge Sanchez, forcing him to shoot wide of the goal, keeping the game 1-0 Hobart.
RIT put the pressure on Hobart’s defense late in the contest. With eight minutes to play, the Tigers had a solid build up that led to a shot by John Kado from 15 yards out that was saved by Lucas, keeping the game 1-0.
With six minutes to play, Matt Broedel had a shot that just missed the post, while a RIT free kick with 1:30 to play led to a corner kick that was cleared away by the Statesmen defense.
Frazier took the loss for RIT, allowing one goal and making four saves. Lucas picked up the win for Hobart, making five saves. It was Lucas’ fifth shutout of the season.