Men's soccer posts fourth shutout in 1-0 win over Oneonta

Bobby Chapman '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Bobby Chapman '19 (Josh McKee photo)
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Hamilton College's Bobby Chapman '19 scored in the first half and lifted the Continentals to a 1-0 non-conference win against the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons at Hamilton's Love Field on an unseasonably hot mid-September Sunday afternoon.

The Continentals (4-1-0 overall) recorded their fourth shutout in five games this season. Hamilton notched its first win against Oneonta (3-2-2) in five all-time meetings. The Red Dragons men's soccer program, which had been Division I for many years, moved to Division III in 2006.

Linds Cadwell '20 started in net for the Continentals but left the game 21 minutes into the first half with an injury. Thomas Benson '22 replaced Cadwell and made four saves in the last 69 minutes. Benson was making his first collegiate appearance.

Chapman found the back of the net in the 22nd minute on assists by Jefri Schmidt '20 and Aidan Wood '20. The goal was Chapman's second this year and the fifth of his career. Wood was credited with his eighth assist and Schmidt picked up his sixth.

After an Oneonta turnover in its own end, Schmidt gained control on the left wing and cut to the 18-yard box. He sent a pass towards the end line to open space and Wood ran onto the ball. He caught up to it just before it went out-of-bounds and sent a left-footed pass from left of the goal to Chapman near the right post. Chapman, who was uncovered, one-timed the ball out of the air with his left foot and buried it in the net.

The Red Dragons almost took a one-goal lead in the 13th minute when a shot by Roberto Ventura banged off the crossbar. Hamilton kept up the pressure after Chapman's goal. About two minutes later, Schmidt and Jeff Plump '20 had their shots blocked and then Schmidt put a low, hard shot on frame that was secured by Francesco Scotti (four saves).

Oneonta had one last charge late in the second half as the Red Dragons took two shots and two corner kicks in the final four minutes. Benson stopped a shot by Jeremy Pantoni in the 86th minute.

The Continentals held a 15-13 edge in shots and a slim 6-5 advantage in corner kicks. Hamilton returns to NESCAC play on Saturday, Sept. 22 against Connecticut College at 1:30 p.m.