Two score first collegiate goals as men's soccer's offense ignites

Jake Samieske '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Jake Samieske '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Nine different Continentals contributed to the scoring effort and Hamilton College posted a 4-0 non-conference win against the Utica College Pioneers at Hamilton's Love Field on Wednesday.

Ryan Ruffo '23 and Jake Samieske '21 scored the first goals of their collegiate careers and Hagop Kouchakdjian '21 and Aidan Wood '20 added the others as the Continentals (3-5-0 overall) racked up five assists.

Utica (6-2-0) only got two shots off with zero hitting the target. The Pioneers' Randy Miksch tied a career high with 12 saves -- a mark he last achieved against Middlebury College on Oct. 8, 2018. Hamilton's Thomas Benson '22 and Linds Cadwell '20 shared the goalkeeping duties evenly.

Samieske notched the first goal in the 31st minute. Jeff Plump '20 threw the ball into Jack Sheehan '21 along the left sideline. Sheehan tapped the ball back to Plump who fired a low cross towards the front of the goal area and Samieske's outstretched toe redirected the ball into the opposite corner.

With just 6.8 seconds remaining in the opening half, Ruffo gave the Continentals a 2-0 lead. Sam Webber '23 and Spencer Royal '22 did a little give-and-go in front of Utica's bench and Webber lofted a short cross to the penalty hash. Ruffo collected the ball and blasted a shot off the crossbar and over the goal line.

Kouchakdjian put the game out of reach with his second career goal 5:55 into the second stanza when Hamilton was awarded a free kick in Utica's left corner. Noah Giovannelli '21 took the kick for the Buff and Blue and he fired a head-high ball to the front of the goal where Kouchakdjian redirected it into the net.

Wood completed the scoring with a textbook free-kick goal. Wood drew a foul just outside the penalty box, stepped up to the ball and wrapped a left-footed shot around the wall of defenders and inside the left post at 57:59.

The Continentals return to NESCAC play on Saturday, Oct. 5 when they travel to Brunswick, Maine, to take on the Bowdoin College Polar Bears at noon.