Sept. 29, 2009

Courtesy of RPI Athletics

TROY, N.Y. - The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's soccer team has climbed to sixth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III Top 25 Poll. The Engineers, who were 14th last week, are 7-0-1 overall and 2-0-0 in the Liberty League with only one goal allowed all season.

Rensselaer, which is coached by Adam Clinton, stayed unbeaten with two league wins last week, including a 3-1 victory at then-sixth-ranked Hobart on Saturday. The goal allowed - which was actually an own goal - broke RPI's scoreless streak of 708.17 minutes to start the year.

Junior goalie Alex Penny (Northport, NY/Northport) has posted a 6-0-1 record with six shutouts in seven games. He has given up just one goal on 28 shots in 648:55. His 0.14 goals against average and .964 save percentage are among the best in the nation.

As a team Rensselaer, which has won four straight games, has outscored its opponents by a 24-1 margin and outshot them at a 154-58 clip, including 70-31 on net. RPI also holds the edge in corner kicks, 53-30.

Senior captain Lincoln Field (Contoocook, NH/Hopkinton) paces the offense with 10 points in eight games. A midfielder, he has a team-best four goals, including two on penalty kicks, with two assists. He also leads the team in shots with 23 and shots on goal with 10.

Jabel Prom (Sandy Spring, MD/Sherwood), a senior forward, has four goals along with an assist for nine points to rank second on the team. Sean Fleury (Princeton, MA/Wachusett Regional), another senior forward, is third with seven points on two goals and three assists.

RPI, which debuted at 18th in the Top 25 Poll this week, returns to action on Wednesday night at 7pm against Utica College at Renwyck Field in Troy. The Engineers are back to Liberty League play on October 9 at home against Union College (4pm).