The Hobart College soccer team secured a 3-1 win over visiting Fredonia notching two goals in the second half. Three different Statesmen scored in the victory.
Hobart improves to 10-7-1 overall, while the Blue Devils fall to 5-12-1.
Sophomore Jacob Fox started the scoring for the Statesmen at the 31:00 mark. Senior Ian McGarty pushed a pass through a group of Fredonia defenders to find Fox, who slid a short shot from right out in front into the goal to give Hobart a 1-0 lead. It was Fox’s third goal this season. Just 1:19 before the break, Sam Greco put the Blue Devils on the board. Sam Guilder blasted a shot on goal but Statesmen junior goalie Mike Lucas made a tremendous diving save. However Greco was there to send home the rebound to tie things up at 1-1.
In the 60th minute, first-year Joe Busuttil took back the lead for Hobart. Sophomore Tyler Terens sent a corner into the box and Busuttil was able to tip the ball into the back of the net from the left post. It was Busuttil’s fourth goal this season.
In the 74th minute, first-year Charlie Kelly padded the Statesmen lead with his 11th tally this season. He carried the ball into the box first faking around a Fredonia defender for a one-on-one with the keeper. Kelly then faked the keeper twice before sending his shot into the back of the net.
The Blue Devils came very close to tying up the game a second time with 19:12 to go. Paul Reinis fired a shot on goal from just inside the box, but it banged off the top of the crossbar. The Statesmen had also come inches away from scoring again in the 63rd minute. Sophomore Marco Ronning drilled a shot that banged off the crossbar and fell straight down, but did not cross the goal line. It was then immediately clear out of the zone by a Blue Devils defender.
The Statesmen held a 22-14 advantage in shots and a 6-4 edge in corners. Lucas played all 90 minutes in goal and finished with five saves. A.J. Grecco played the entire match in goal for Fredonia and finished with six saves.
The Statesmen will play their final game of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 2. Hobart will host RIT for a Liberty League contest at 2 p.m.