CANTON - Six goals resulted from a 59-shot onslaught by the Clarkson University womens soccer team, as the Golden Knights cruised to a 6-0 victory over John Jay College in a second round game at the North Country Classic hosted by St. Lawrence University.
The Golden Knights improved to 2-0 on the season. The team takes on Houghton College next Saturday at Hantz Turf Field.
The six goals that Clarkson scored were the most since a 8-0 win over Cazenovia on October 15, 2007, a stretch of 52 games.
The Golden Knights got on the board in the 15th minute when Cailey Nieto (Chatham, NY) took the ball down the right side and delivered it to a centering Megan Strijek (Schenectady, NY) who one touched it past John Jays goalkeeper Andrea Antoni.
Two minutes later, Nieto found Sarah Andres (Honeoye, NY) inside the crease, who put the ball in the back of the net to give her team a 2-0 advantage. Clarkson added to its lead in the 36th minute when Hunter Pierce (Livonia, NY) eluded her defender on the left side, and when Antoni challenged her, she dumped it off to Nicole Johnson (Massena, NY) who was crashing the post on the right side.
Katie VanDeValk (Baldwinsville, NY) had a breakaway in the second half that Antoni saved, but she scored her second goal of the season in the 76th minute from the top of the bow to give the Knights a 4-0 lead.
Seven minutes later, Strijek served the ball to Anna Demasi (Colchester, VT) inside the crease, who hit a hard shot over the goalies head to make it 5-0. Demasi scored again less than four minutes later from almost the same spot. Antoni got her finger tips on it, but it went in the top right corner to bring the score to its final 6-0.
Despite a 6-0 score, Antoni was very impressive in goal for John Jay, as she made 22 saves in the game but also broke up numerous Clarkson scoring chances. The Knights enjoyed a 59-0 lead in shots and a 13-0 advantage in corner kicks.
LADY SAINTS WIN TOURNEY
Host St. Lawrence University claimed the top spot at the North Country Lotto Classic with a 2-0 victory over Ohio Wesleyan at Sandy MacAllaster Field on Sunday.
The Saints, who improved to 2-0, were led by sophomore Mackenzie Collins, juniors Julia Friesen and Corinne Werner, and senior Stephanie Sayward, who each earned All-Tournament honors for their efforts over the weekend.
Ohio Wesleyan, which falls to 0-2 on the young season, was led by junior goalkeeper Hannah Zacharias, sophomore Sarah Stachowiak and senior Jessie Huschart, who each earned spots on the All-Tournament team.
St. Lawrence was in control offensively throughout the majority of the game, but Zacharias and the OW defensive backs made several nice plays to keep the Saints damage to a minimum. The home team got on the board in the 35th minute when first-year student Emily DePoy served a nice ball on a corner kick that would have floated in the goal had OWs Audrey Bell not headed it away for the defensive save. First-year student Samantha Rock, however, collected the rebound on the far post and drove the ball home for her first collegiate goal, the game-winner, which gave her team the 1-0 advantage.
Despite having several good chances to score, the Saints were held to one goal until just under 2:00 to play when junior back Liz Laprade carried the ball down the right side and delivered a cross that Sayward headed into the right side of the net as insurance.
Collins was fast on the right wing for the Saints, but couldnt come up with a score in todays game. She had a shot hit off the crossbar, and Zacharias also came up with several nice saves to keep her off the board including a diving onehanded save in the beginning of the second half.
Werner and Laprade anchored a solid effort by the Saints defense that kept the Battling Bishops off the scoreboard. OWs best chance to score was in the 56th minute, when Elizabeth Riggio collected a ball cleared to the crease off a corner kick and fired it to the far post, but the ball was slightly deflected off a Saint defender and went just wide left.
The Saints owned a 23-6 advantage in shots and a 9-1 edge in corner kicks. For OW, Zacharias finished with seven saves, several of which were tremendous efforts, but she falls to 0-2 on the season. Meanwhile, first-year student Kelsey West earned the shutout in goal for the Saints as she stopped all three shots she faced.
DePoy, Laprade and Rock each earned honorable mention status for their efforts over the weekend.
The Saints will be back in action with a pair of non-conference road games against Cortland State and Medaille this Saturday and Sunday respectively.
SUNY CANTON DENIED
Sophomore goalie Laura Pratt (Binghamton, N.Y.) made a career-high 10 saves for the SUNY Canton womens soccer in their 3-2 loss to DYouville College on Sunday in Canton.
Pratt made six saves in the first half including a couple of terrific stops to keep the game close. One of those came with 3:30 left in the half when a DYouville player got behind the Roos defense and fired a low shot headed towards the corner of the net. Pratt dove to her right and made a terrific save to keep it a one-goal game.
The Roos (1-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when freshman Karley Cree (Hogansburg, N.Y.) fired a shot on goal that was bobbled by the Spartans goalie. Junior Jade Sayward (Willsboro, N.Y.) pounced on the rebound and tapped the ball in the net for a one-goal lead.
DYouville struck twice late in the first half to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.
With 24 minutes left in the second half the Roos tied the game on a similar play as their first goal. Junior Melissa Campoverde (Forest Hills, N.Y.) launched a shot at the net and Spartans goalie Christina Ventresca collided with one of her defenders leaving the ball all alone in front of the net for senior Chelsea Allen (Marcellus, N.Y.) to knock in the goal deadlocking the game at two apiece.
The Spartans tallied the game-winning goal with less than nine minutes left in regulation.
The Roos hit the road for their next two games next weekend when they play at SUNY Maritime on Saturday and The Kings College on Sunday.