October 29, 2013

RPI Sneaks Past Castleton 1-0 in OT

Castleton, Vt. – The Spartans had their five-game win streak snapped on Tuesday evening as they dropped a hard-fought 1-0 overtime decision to Rensselaer at Spartan Stadium. 

Castleton was outshot 14-12 in the contest but actually owned an 8-7 shot advantage through the second half and overtime as the team fell to 11-6 on the year. The Engineers improved to 7-9 overall with the win. 

RPI was the aggressor in the first half, outshooting Castleton 7-4 and forcing goalie Jessica Galatioto to make a diving save midway through the period. The Spartans also had their chances, as a rocket by Preusser in the 26th minute hit the post before bouncing back into the field of play. 

In the second, the Engineers owned a 10-5 advantage in penalty corners but only recorded four shots. Castleton thought they had the go-ahead score on a rip by Pinkham following a penalty corner midway through the half, but she was ruled outside of the shooting circle and it was negated. 

In overtime both teams had multiple corners and chances in front, however, Hannah Clough and Galatioto came up with big saves. RPI finally broke through with just over two minutes left. Kelsey Porter received the ball 10 yards outside the shooting circle with only Galatioto between her and the net. The senior dribbled to just inside the top of the shooting circle before ripping a hard, low shot past the charging Galatioto into the back of the cage. 

Galatioto finished the game with four saves while Clough made six stops in net. 

The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they host New England College in North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals at 3 pm.