Men's soccer posts sixth shutout, defeats Utica 1-0

Jack Sheehan '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Jack Sheehan '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Jack Sheehan '21 scored in the 33rd minute and the Continentals went on to a 1-0 non-conference victory against the Utica College Pioneers at Utica's Gaetano Stadium on Wednesday night.

Hamilton (6-4-0 overall) has recorded all six of its wins by shutout and the last five were 1-0 scores. Thomas Benson '22, who has a 0.66 goals against average and .905 save percentage, made three saves for his second collegiate shutout. The Continentals have won 38 of the 40 all-time meetings with the Pioneers.

Jeff Plump '20 picked up his second assist this year and the seventh of his Hamilton career as he sent a perfectly slotted pass to a wide-open Sheehan who made his run down the left side. Sheehan hammered a one-timer from the edge of the left side of the 6-yard box past a diving Randy Miksch (5 saves) for his first collegiate goal with 12:22 left in the first half.

The Continentals nearly made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute when a shot by Spencer Royal '22 hit the post. Utica had a couple scoring chances late including a shot by Julian Fonseca that sailed just wide in the 85th minute. The Pioneers had a free kick from around midfield in the final 30 seconds. The loose ball pinballed around in the 18-yard box and finally found Tucker Marvin who hammered a shot that was blocked. The ball bounded harmlessly over the end line to the left of the goal as time ran out.

Hamilton held a 10-7 shot advantage and took four corner kicks to Utica's two.

The Continentals return to NESCAC play on Saturday, Oct. 6 when they travel to Amherst College for a 2:30 p.m. start.