Men's soccer posts fourth straight shutout in win at SUNY Poly

Aidan Wood '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Aidan Wood '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Aidan Wood '20 recorded two goals and an assist and the Continentals cruised to a 5-0 non-conference win against the SUNY Polytechnic Wildcats at Wildcat Field on Tuesday night.

Hamilton (4-5-1 overall), which ended SUNY Poly's win streak at seven matches, has outscored its last four opponents 10-0. The Continentals will go for their fifth straight shutout at 1-9-0 Trinity College in NESCAC action on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.

Wood more than doubled his season point total tonight against the Wildcats as he leads the team with four goals and nine points. He has 38 points on 14 goals and 10 assists in his 61-match career at Hamilton.

Ravi Travers '23 celebrated his first collegiate start with his first three points on a goal and an assist. Hagop Kouchakdjian '21 notched his third goal with the Continentals and Sam Webber '23 tallied his first.

Thomas Benson '22 and Linds Cadwell '20 combined on the shutout -- Hamilton's fifth this year -- and neither needed to make a save. Benson started and played the first half and extended his scoreless streak to more than 310 minutes. Cadwell relieved Benson at the start of the second half and played the final 45 minutes.

The Continentals' offensive output was the most since a 5-1 win at Ithaca College on Sept. 21, 2016. Hamilton held a commanding 26-6 shot advantage including 11-0 in the second half and had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

SUNY Poly (9-3-0) had a great chance to score just seconds into the first half but a shot by Richie Morris was cleared off the line by one of the Continental defenders, and after that it was all Hamilton. Wood finished off a pass from Sam Dils '22 in the 13th minute for the first goal and Wood fed Travers in the 25th minute for another. The Continentals took the 2-0 advantage into the break.

Wood converted a penalty kick in the 49th minute and Kouchakdjian scored in the 53rd minute off passes by Travers and Jefri Schmidt '20. Hamilton rounded out the scoring with 19:00 left when Webber found the back of the net on a pass from Jeff Plump '20. Plump leads the team with four assists and has 12 for his collegiate career.

James D'Alessio made six saves in the first half for the Wildcats and Nathan Laughlin stopped a pair of shots in the second half.