The Hamilton College men’s soccer team remained unbeaten on the season, posting a 4-1 win over visiting SUNY Polytechnic (formerly SUNY Institute of Technology) on Wednesday at Love Field. The Continentals (3-0-1) are off to their best start since the 2008 team opened 4-0-0.

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Hamilton needed just 15 minutes to take a 3-0 lead with Alec Talsania ’17 assisting on two of the Continentals’ early goals, giving him a team-best seven points this fall. He placed a corner kick in front of the near post in the eighth minute and Buck Reynolds ’15 corralled the loose ball and scored from point-blank range.

Just over two minutes later, Dan Kraynak ’15 picked up his team-leading third goal of the season, sending a free kick into the top left corner of the net from just outside the 18.

The Continentals ran their lead to 3-0 at the 14:23 mark with Erich Marcks ’16 collecting his first goal of the season. Marcks took a pass from Talsania at the top of the 18 and sent a shot – that deflected off a diving Wildcat defender – past SUNY Poly goalkeeper Jesse Yanarella ‘17.

The teams exchanged goals in the final three minutes. Hamilton’s Peter Goldsmith ’17 sent a short cross from the left side to Jack Temko ’18 in the middle of the box and Temko sent a hard, low shot into the left corner. Goldsmith and Temko both recorded their first collegiate point on the play.

Hamilton’s Nick Tselios ’17 nearly posted a shutout in his first career appearance in goal but Ben Toach ’15 placed a free kick into the top right corner of the net with just seven seconds remaining.

Yanarella finished with six saves for the Wildcats (2-3-2), who were outshot 20-6. The Continentals improved to 24-1-0 all-time against SUNY Poly. The Wildcats have never won a game at Love Field.

Hamilton returns to NESCAC competition, hosting Connecticut College in a 1:30 p.m. game on Saturday, Sept. 20.

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