RPI Clinches Late Victory Over Ephs 2-1

RPI Clinches Late Victory Over Ephs 2-1

TROY, NEW YORK – A goal from Andy Zhao's long cross into the box in the 84th minute by Paul Silva saw home team RPI to victory over the Ephs. With the win, RPI improved to (4-1), and the Ephs are now (0-2-1). 

The Ephs started the game strong, keeping pressure in their attacking third for the first twenty minutes, in which they earned three corners. RPI seemed unable to get a foothold in the game, barely advancing past the halfway line. The 17th minute marked RPI's first major attack in which a long through ball was sent to Williams' box. The attempt was quickly squashed, however, as Eph goalkeeper Teddy Rader came out and made a courageous challenge to clear the ball. 

Most of the first half was played in the middle third of the field until the 42nd minute when RPI's Matt Menendez sent a long ball forward. An Eph defender attempted to clear the ball by heading it away from goal, but the ball flew over his head. Dylan Confair took advantage of the opportunity and with only Eph goalie Teddy Rader to beat and two corners to choose from, he buried the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, sending RPI into halftime with a one goal advantage.

Williams came out aggressively in the second half, needing only three minutes to level the score. The Ephs earned a corner, which was taken by Eli Petrik and headed into the net by Liam Bardong

Much of the second half consisted of more congestion in the midfield with only a few shots on goal. In the 76th minute, Eli Petrik found an opening and shot into an open net only to be denied by an RPI defender's quick reflexes. 

The game seemed as though it would end in a tie until the high and long cross came in from RPI's Andy Zhao. The ball was fed to Paul Silva, who confidently finished his shot on goal, securing his team a home victory. 

Eph head coach Erin Sullivan explained, "We had a decent amount of play early and then out of halftime to draw the game level… we were unable to connect passes in the final third and we could not force as many saves out of the goalkeeper as we would have liked… Now, we are getting ready for the weekend and trying to improve in some specific areas."

The Ephs' goalie Teddy Rader made two saves and allowed two goals, while RPI's Luke Brezak allowed one goal and also made two saves. The Ephs committed 20 fouls, while RPI committed 9. 

The Ephs look forward to Saturday, September 14, when they play Wesleyan away. RPI's next game, also on Saturday, is against SUNY Potsdam.