POTSDAM - Two early goals sealed the fate of the Clarkson University Mens Soccer team as they fell to the Plattsburgh State Cardinals 2-1 Wednesday night at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights fall to 1-4-0 and hit the road for the first time in 2013 as they take on Potsdam State Sunday at 1:00 pm. Plattsburgh State remains undefeated at 5-0-1 and will host Skidmore College this Saturday.
The Cardinals got on the board first in the 11th minute as Fabian Chaparro took a corner kick and placed it right at the head of Alexis Archilla who finished by guiding the ball toward the upper right corner of the net for the goal.
Plattsburgh took the lead for good in the 21st minute when Archilla crossed from the right side to Nick Parella who then booted a ground ball passed the diving Clarkson goalkeeper Alex White (Unadilla, NY) for the score.
The damage could have been worse for the Knights if not for a blocked shot right in front of the net by Trevor Blackwell (Pittsford, NY) and an indirect kick that soared into the net for Plattsburgh but was called off because no one touched the ball after the kick before it went into the net.
Clarkson got on the board in the 32nd minute when Tucker Wilcox (Broadlalbin, VT) gathered the ball in traffic in front of the Plattsburgh net and blasted a ground ball between a diving goalkeeper and the left post. The goal was Wilcoxs second on the season.
Both teams played a fairly even second half that did not see many scoring opportunities despite combining for 10 shots.
Plattsburgh outshot Clarkson 13-7 on the evening and although the teams combined for 20 shots, only four were on net. Goalkeeper John Toper did not save a ball in the win and White stopped one ball for the Golden Knights in the loss. The Cardinals held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
SLU WOMEN EDGE POTSDAM
The SUNY Potsdam womens soccer team (2-4-1) held 21st ranked St. Lawrence University (6-0-1) to just one goal with a strong defensive performance in a 1-0 non-league loss on Wednesday night. Saints sophomore midfielder Emily DePoy (Clifton Park, N.Y.) scored the contests lone goal.
The game started very even with tight defense and most of the play at midfield. Slowly St. Lawrence was able to tilt the field toward Potsdams goal. In the 16th minute, Saints junior midfielder Holly Wark (Lake Forest, Ill.) launched SLUs third corner kick of the contest.
DePoy (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was in position to head the ball past Potsdam freshman goalie Lauren Haase (Williamsville, N.Y.) for the eventual game-winner. The Bears defense rebounded after the goal and didnt allow another strong scoring chance for the rest of the half. Potsdams offense moved the ball well in the SLU end for the final minutes of the first half, but entered the break down 1-0.
The Saints nearly doubled the lead in the 51st minute. Senior forward Erika Gobeille (Sherburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) received a long pass in on the left side of the box. She fired to the right, but Bears freshman goalie Michaela Cole (Parishville, N.Y.) dove to her left and got a piece of the ball. She then recovered to smother it before it crossed the line. Potsdams defense continued to diffuse SLU offensive opportunities, while struggling to get their own in gear. The trend continued for the rest of the game as the Saints fired plenty of shots high or wide of the Bears net. Despite a strong defensive effort, Potsdam was unable to create a chance for the equalizer.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey West (Fall River, Nova Scotia/Berkshire
Academy) made two saves to earn the shutout victory for SLU. Haase made two saves in the first half for the Bears, while Cole finished with seven in a scoreless final 45 minutes.
I was pleased with the overall effort for 90 minutes, said Potsdam Head Coach Mark Misiak. Credit St. Lawrence. Theyre a fantastic team with lots of good players. I told the girls that was one of the best teams well face all year. That was just a great performance by our girls. They fought so hard for 90 minutes.
The Bears are off until next Wednesday, when they host SUNY Canton in the fourth annual Boyd Jones Cup.