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Government shutdown puts RPI homecoming game on hold

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TROY, N.Y. - There was a homecoming at RPI Saturday but for the first time ever, it was no football game. Instead, alumni and students gathered to watch the women's soccer team, leaving some feeling more of the government shut down than they would have anticipated.

Saturday football went on as planned for Army, Navy, and Air Force Academy teams. Navy faced off against Air Force Saturday but here at the RPI Stadium, alumni and students watched a women's soccer game instead of its annual homecoming football game.

Ralph Isernia, RPI's Head Football Coach says "You know this is one of those things that you know you can't ever get back."

Isernia continued explaining that this was the first time in the school's history the homecoming game was postponed and the government shutdown is to blame.

The Engineers were set to face off against U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the school is overseen by the department of transportation and due to the shutdown it's closed for now.

"They're not sure what they're going to be able to do and when they'll be able to go back to class or if they do what's going to happen," said Isernia, "When's their midterms, all of that stuff."
Coach Isernia says the game is set to be rescheduled for next month depending on how long the shutdown lasts but for Alumni like Robert Valdes and Shannon Maguire, Saturday was a disappointing outcome.

Valdes told NEWS10ABC, "Kind of surprised that the government shutdown actually affected us. It's one of those things you didn't expect to see a significant change in your life. The lesser of all evils of course you know just having a football game cancelled but we were kind of sad."
Maguire also described it as "Definitely frustrating. Weird that that actually happened. I know that I think Navy is playing today and a bunch of other schools are playing so it's kind of different that we didn't get the football game in."

Coach Isernia says the game is set to be rescheduled for November 2nd but that could change if the shutdown continues.

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