Women's soccer edges Rensselaer
Meg Pengue '12 broke a 1-1 tie with her second career goal less than two minutes into the second half, and Hamilton College held on for a 2-1 win against Rensselaer in a Liberty League game at Hamilton's Love Field on Oct. 8.
Alex Rimmer '13 scored the other goal for the Continentals. Liza Gergenti '14 and Hailey Bobin '12 made one save apiece. Hamilton (6-1-2 overall, 2-1-1 Liberty) ran its unbeaten streak to three games.
Giana Abballe '14 tallied the lone goal for the Engineers, and Stephanie Vargas '14 stopped four shots. Rensselaer (4-5-1, 1-3-0) has lost three straight games -- all by the same 2-1 score.
Rimmer put the Continentals in front in the 20th minute with her team-leading sixth goal. Lauren Farver '11 slotted a low pass ahead to Rimmer, who ran on to the ball and fired a shot into the far left corner of the net.
Abballe tied the score for the Engineers with her third goal as she took advantage of a defensive miscue in the 26th minute. A Hamilton defender tried to clear the ball out of the air from just outside the goalie box, but nearly whiffed on the attempt, and the ball deflected backwards towards the Continentals' net. Gergenti tried to get to the loose ball, but Abballe popped a shot over her head and into the back of the net.
The score remained tied 1-1 at the half, but it didn't take long after the break for Hamilton to regain the lead. Megan Cairns '12 blasted a shot that Vargas dove for and knocked away to the left side of the box. Laura Wray '11 pounced on the loose ball and made a high centering pass to Pengue in front of the goal, and she headed it in before Vargas could recover.
Rensselaer held a 15-12 shot advantage, and both teams took four corner kicks. The Continentals lead the all-time series, 15-5-1, and have won the last five meetings with the Engineers.
Hamilton hosts Vassar College for another league game on Saturday, Oct. 9. Rensselaer travels to William Smith College for another league game on Saturday as well.