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Clarkson Suffers First Liberty League Loss

POUGHKEEPSIE – For the first time in close to a month, the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team allowed a goal as the Golden Knights suffered their first Liberty League loss of the season, dropping a 3-1 decision to Vassar College Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Knights fell to 8-4-2 overall and 4-1-2 in the conference, while Vassar pushed to 7-6-1 overall and 4-2-0 in league games. Clarkson will be at home next weekend when the team faces Rensselaer.

The Brewers got on the board midway through the first half after a throw in at the 23rd minute. Hawkins Barratt Heitmann headed the ball in front of the net and Henrik Olsson was in the right place at the right time, heading a shot in rom three yards out for the score. Clarkson nearly answered soon after when Stephen Klimek intercepted a pass and went one-on-one with goalkeeper Eric Wnorowski, but Wnorowski grabbed Klimek's shot right up the middle to keep Clarkson scoreless.

The Brewers scored again at the 61 minute mark when Ryan Lane ran to the right side of the field and launched the open attempt from 20-yards out into the left back corner of net. Vassar continued to build its lead two minutes later when Andrew Goldsmith shot from the outside right corner. Quinn Tunnell was waiting on the left post and helped the ball find its way home to put the Brewers up 3-0.

Clarkson managed to prevent a shutout after a free kick attempt at 83:37. The Golden Knights' Bobby Guilfoil lined up at the top middle of the box and slipped the shot into the right corner of net.

Clarkson goalkeeper Ian Roeloffs recorded five saves, matching the effort of Wnorowski. Each team had 13 shots, with Vassar leading in shots on goal at 8-6.

CU LADIES FALL

Two late goals by the opposition took away any chance for a comeback by the Clarkson University Women's Soccer team, as the Golden Knights dropped a 3-0 Liberty League decision to Vassar College Saturday afternoon at Hantz Field.

The Golden Knights fell to 9-5-1 on the season and 2-4-0 in conference play, while Vassar edged over .500 at 7-6-1 overall and 4-2-0 in the Liberty League. Clarkson finishes out the regular season on the road, beginning with a game against Rensselaer next Saturday. 

Despite a 10-5 edge in shots in the first half, Clarkson was unable to break through on offense in the opening 45 minutes. One of Clarkson's chances at a restart was picked off by Vassar when the free kick was intercepted in the 19th minute, as the Brewers maintained possession in the Clarkson defensive zone. Thanks to some solid passing, the ball ended up on foot of Emma Tanner in the Clarkson box, and she sent a pass over to Savannah Cutler, who buried her attempt for a goal and a 1-0 Vassar lead.

The Golden Knights were unable to generate much offense in the second half as a result of Vassar dominating possession. A corner kick in the 75th minute would give the Brewers some insurance. A Vassar corner ended up right in front of Elyse Green, who initially made the stop, and Giulia Mahoney also denied another attempt, but the packed in players kept Clarkson from clearing the ball and a hard kick deflected off a player in the scrum past Green for an own goal. Less than six minutes later, Emma Tanner iced the game off a feed from Adie Amore.

Vassar finished with a slight advantage in shots (14-13), shots on goal (8-6), and corner kicks (6-4). Elyse Green concluded the contest with five saves, while Fiona Walsh saved six for the shutout.



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