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RIT Shades SLU; Clarkson Tops Ithaca

CANTON - Sophomore Robert Reynolds scored two goals, but the St. Lawrence University men's soccer team was edged by RIT 3-2 in Liberty League action at Sandy MacAllaster Field Saturday afternoon.

Reynolds put the Saints on the board with a header goal in the 26th minute of play for the 1-0 lead. Aidan Callahan and Marvin Sibanda assisted on the play.

Jared Short tied the game up for the Tiger's, as he pushed past the Saints' defense for RIT's first goal in the 32nd minute. Simon Garno then put the Tigers up 2-1 off the pass from Nick Simone, who tallied his second assist of the game, just over 13 minutes into the second half.

Short added his second of the game off a rebound from Saint's goalkeeper Ben Woelfinger, lifting the Tigers to a 3-1 lead in the 64th minute.

Reynolds added his third of the season in the 87th minute closing the gap to one, but the Tigers would maintain their advantage for the win.

"A tough loss today at home," said head coach Mike Toshack. "As a young team, we're continuing to learn how to manage games, and today was definitely a learning experience for the group. Now we need to regroup and turn our attention to Vassar and Bard next weekend."

Woelfinger finished with one save for the Saints, while RIT's Spencer Raymond-Smit made four.

Despite the final score, the Saints outshot the Tigers 10-5 and held a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Both teams moved to 4-6-1 on the season, while the Saints fell to 1-3-1 in conference play and the Tigers improved to 2-2-0.

St. Lawrence will hit the road to take on Vassar and Bard on October 18 and 19, respectively. Game times are set for 4 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Plattsburgh 3 - Potsdam 0:. The SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team (3-10-1, 1-4-0 SUNYAC) fell 3-0 on the road Saturday afternoon in a SUNYAC matchup versus north country rival Plattsburgh State (6-6-0, 4-1-0 SUNYAC). The Cardinals scored once in the first half and cemented the win with two more in the second.

Throughout the first 20 minutes, play was evenly matched on both sides. Both the Bears and the Cardinals were able to develop offensive opportunities. However, Plattsburgh was able to capitalize for the only goal. At the 25:44 mark, Plattsburgh's Devin Lambe found the net behind Potsdam sophomore goalkeeper Conor Callan (Piermont, N.Y./Tappan Zee). The best chances for the Bears came back-to-back, as senior forward Alejandro Callejas (Bayshore, N.Y./Brentwood) and freshman midfielder Justin Lamando (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) each fired shots toward the net less than a minute apart 10 minutes in, but Plattsburgh goalie Ryan Wilson stopped both chances. The teams headed into the break with the score unchanged.

The Cardinals wasted no time adding to their lead in the second half. Just 59 seconds in, Alex Graci netted Plattsburgh's second goal of the contest. Play continued scoreless for the next 27 minutes. With just under 18 minutes remaining in the game, Yusif Okine finished off the scoring with a marker to make it 3-0 Cardinals.

Wilson made three saves in net for the Cardinals to earn the shutout. Callan stopped one shot.

The Bears are back in action next weekend as they host SUNYAC foes Oswego on Friday at 3 p.m. and Cortland on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bears will honor their graduating class on Saturday against the Red Dragons for Senior Day.

Clarkson 1 - Ithaca 0– Senior goalkeeper Ian Roeloffs came up big once again for the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team as he made sure an early goal held up in a 1-0 Liberty League win over eighth-ranked Ithaca College Saturday afternoon at Hantz Field.

The Golden Knights remain unbeaten in conference games, improving to 3-0-2 in the Liberty League and 7-3-2 overall. Ithaca dropped to 10-2-1 on the season and 3-1-0 in conference games. With the win, Clarkson took over first place in the Liberty League with 11 points, although two of the teams occupying the top four have played one fewer game than the Knights. Clarkson will be back in action next week as the team hits the road for its final two away games of the season at Bard College and Vassar College.

Roeloffs denied six shots in the Knights' shutout win, his fourth straight whitewash. Clarkson's defense has not allowed a goal in the last 483 minutes, 55 seconds of game time.

Clarkson got off to its fastest start of the season scoring just 2:12 into the game. After the Bombers knocked the ball out of bounds at the goal line, the Knights were set up for their first corner kick of the match. Matt Adamou struck the ball with his left foot and watched the ball bend all the way to the far post, knocking off the side of the pillar and in to give Clarkson an early 1-0 lead. That was the extent of Clarkson's shots on goal for the remainder of the half, however, as Ithaca went into the locker room with a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal. Clarkson held a 3-1 lead in corner kick chances, making the most of one of its opportunities.

Sensing its undefeated conference record was in serious danger, Ithaca picked up the pace in the second half and outshot the Golden Knights 4-1 in the second half. In the 55th minute, the Bombers were fouled deep in the Clarkson end and Tom Dillman was given a direct kick just outside the box, but had to shoot around the Clarkson's wall. Dillman decided to go over the top of the wall but the 6-4 Roeloffs had plenty of reach to knock the ball over the crossbar and out of play. A little over 10 minutes later, Ithaca was granted another free kick near the Clarkson net. This time, Dillman fired the direct kick low and outside to the right, but again was stopped by the sprawling Roeloffs. For the most part, the Golden Knight defense kept the ball out of harm's way the rest of the half to secure the win.

Ithaca finished with the edge in shots (9-5) and shots on goal (6-3) while Clarkson had the advantage in corner kicks (4-2). Ian Roeloffs made six saves for his fourth straight shutout while Max Lichtenstein stopped two shots for Ithaca.


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