POUGHKEEPSIE – After being shutout in its first two league games of the season, the Vassar College Men’s Soccer team’s offense came alive Saturday afternoon in a 3-2 home win over visiting Skidmore. Owen Fauth provided the game winning goal and finished the afternoon with three points.
Vassar improves to 5-3-2 overall with Saturday’s triumph and 1-1-1 in Liberty League play, while Skidmore falls to 1-6-2 overall and 0-3-0 in conference competition.
Skidmore opened the scoring in the middle stages of the first half to jump in front 1-0.
Tobias Catizone potted his second goal of the season at the 26:34 mark of the match, depositing a pass from Nick Jardim into the back of the net.
Vassar trailed until the 41st minute when First Year Eli Torrey found the equalizer.
Torrey buried a free kick at the 40:22 mark of the contest to send the two teams into the intermission deadlocked at 1-1.
Skidmore held the first half advantage in shots 9-6.
Vassar controlled corner kicks with a 6-2 advantage before the break.
Both goalkeepers were busy prior to halftime with Vasilis Ganasoulis making a trio of saves in the first half and Skidmore’s netminder, Will Devall, turning aside four attempts.
Vassar pulled in front 2-1 early in the second half when Duncan Keker scored off a pass from Fauth just over three minutes into the stanza.
The one-goal edge was expanded to 3-1 in the 68th minute when Fauth finished off a feed from Danny Berry with what proved to be the deciding tally at 67:50.
Just over six minutes after the Brewers took a two-goal lead, Skidmore pulled back to within 3-2 on a Hyungbin Kim marker in the 74th minute.
Following the Kim tally, Vassar withstood an attempt that hit the post with just under four minutes to play and Ganasoulis denied Skid Goodhines with 1:40 left to play to preserve the lead.
Vassar outshot Skidmore 8-7 after halftime and took five of the six second half corner kicks.
Ganasoulios made two more saves to earn the win in goal for the Brewers.
For The Brewers
With a goal and an assist on Saturday, Fauth leads the Brewers in goals (6), assists (3) and points (15) and is tied for the team lead with two game winning goal.
Torrey scored for the second time in his career and pushed his season point total to six.
Keker found the back of the net for the fifth time in 2023 and for the first time since September 6. Keker led the team with five shots, all on target.
Berry picked up his second assist of the season on the game winning goal.
Jared Fiske totaled three shots in the game.
Kinlay Watkins posted two shots, with both attempts on target.
Ganasoulis earned his third win in goal on Saturday and matched his career-high with five saves.
For The Thoroughbreds
Catizone picked up his second goal of the season, moving to second on the team in the category.
Kim totaled his team leading third goal and moved his team-high in points to eight.
Jardim recorded his first assist of the season.
Catizone and Brady Trenchard each led the team with four shots.
Devall took the loss in goal with eight saves in the game.