PSS: halfway there

THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE RPI MEN’S SOCCER TEAM PLAYED two home games against Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University on Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4, respectively. RPI defeated Clarkson 3-0 but followed the win with a 0-2 defeat at the hands of St. Lawrence the next afternoon. In Friday’s matchup between the Engineers and Golden Knights, both teams started out slowly. In the first half, the Engineers managed just two shots on goal, both saved by Clarkson goalie Michael King, while Clarkson managed only one, which was likewise saved by senior goalie Rob Dewald. Early in the second half, Clarkson took control, firing off two shots on Dewald, who turned them away in the 52nd and 61st minutes. But then the momentum shifted to the Engineers, setting the stage for an electrifying display of scoring. In the 70th minute, senior midfielder Matt Koziol scored on an assist from sophomore midfielder Dylan Weitz to give Rensselaer a 1-0 lead. Then in the 80th minute, junior forward Matt Carberry scored on an assist from junior forward Nathaniel Gunderson. Finally, to cap off the scoring, RPI freshman midfielder Steven Collins scored less than two minutes later. It was his first collegiate goal. Saturday’s game started slowly as well. In the first half, St. Lawrence fired off four shots, but none of them were on line. Meanwhile, shots by Weitz and Koziol were both turned away by St. Lawrence goalkeeper Sean Houston. In the second half, St. Lawrence shot seven times. Five shots were blocked, wide, or high. The other two went in the net. The first came on a Harry Copeland header 53 minutes in to the game. Later, in the 81st minute, St. Lawrence midfielder Jonathan Mendoza assisted defender Austin Roney to give the Saints an insurmountable 2-0 lead. Three shots by RPI in the final minute were all batted away or corralled by Houston, and the Saints held on for the 2-0 win. The Engineers will face off against Union College on Wednesday, October 8 in Schenectady, before hosting Bard College on Saturday, October 11 for homecoming weekend and senior night.