Engineers suffer loss to Oneonta

Men’s soccer had a rough week on the road, losing both games by one goal. The Engineers faced the State University of New York at Oneonta on Tuesday, September 13, and SUNY Potsdam the following Saturday. The Engineers are currently 2–3–1.

RPI’s defense held strong in the first half of the game, fighting back attack after attack by the Red Dragons.

While there were opportunities for the Engineers to score, none of their attempts proved fruitful. Narrow misses over the net and to the side plagued the team.

The first and only goal on Tuesday came in the 71st minute from a play started by Red Dragon’s Anthony Passiatore. Passiatore took a corner kick, only to have the ball deflected back at him. He crossed the ball, meeting the head of Hans Purtell for a goal.

Oneonta had double the number of shots the Engineers made, putting 10 on goal compared to RPI’s five.

Potsdam took a different approach against the Engineers on Saturday. In the 26th minute, RPI attempted to clear the ball. But Bear’s player Isaac Sanabria knocked the attempt down and capitalized on the opportunity.

While the Engineers had more chances for themselves in the second half, their shot attempts went wide and high.

RPI had seven shot attempts while the Bears had eight.

The Engineers are away on Wednesday, September 21 against Williams College, but will return home on Saturday for their home opener when they face the University of Rochester.