Men’s Soccer Matches No. 19 Red Dragons, 1-1

TROY, NY – Second Year Julio Rodriguez finished a meal from his brother Joaquin Rodriguez in the 71st minute to tie the game and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s soccer team finished deadlocked with No. 19 Oneonta State 1-1 in a non-league game at East Campus Stadium. The Engineers extend their unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1) and move to 2-2-2, while the Red Dragons are now 4-0-1.

The visitors took a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute thanks to a powerful individual effort from senior Lucas Fecci, who beat a defender before firing into the top right corner of the net. Ian Zingaro got the assist after sliding the ball towards Fecci.

RPI, who had the best of the game throughout the second half, leveled the game 13 minutes later. Paul Silva started the game when he kicked the ball from the right corner to the center, where it was knocked down by an Oneonta defender. RPI Liam McDermott picks up the loose ball and passes it to Julio Rodriguez, who was alone 15 meters away. Rodriguez passed the ball to his left and down the middle of the field, where his brother fired a right-footed shot from just under the crossbar.

Oneonta had the best opportunity to break the tie from that point but a bad angle shot from 22 yards by Fecci with the RPI keeper Luc Brezak on the field sailed to the right of the goal.

Brezak finished with five saves, including a big one with the Under-20s left in the first half, while Red Dragons keeper Nate Hanna also made five saves.

Oneonta had a 12-9 advantage on shots and RPI had four corner kicks to one for the Red Dragons.

Rensselaer will be back on Wednesday against the College of New Jersey (7:30 p.m.). Oneonta also plays again on Wednesday against Hartwick College at 4 p.m.

Helen J. Jimenez