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Clarkson women’s soccer ends drought against Plattsburgh; SLU drops Potsdam

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POTSDAM - Freshman Megan Strijek (Schenectady, NY) stepped into a cross midway through the second half to break a scoreless tie and helped lead the Clarkson University women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over SUNY Plattsburgh Wednesday night at Hantz Turf Field.

The Golden Knights improved to 4-0 on the season, and the team will travel to face Elmira College and St. John Fisher this weekend. Plattsburgh lost its second straight game to fall to 4-2 overall. The victory for Clarkson was its first over the Cardinals since 1992, a stretch of 19 games.

After a scoreless first half in which Plattsburgh put some consistent pressure on the Clarkson defense, the game evened out with each team have solid chances on the opponents’ frame. It wasn’t until late in the second half that the Knights were able to get on the scoreboard. With just over 18 minutes remaining, freshman Anna Demasi (Colchester, VT) sent a cross in front where Strijek stepped up to greet the ball with her right foot and pounded a shot into the top middle of the net from about five yards out.

Plattsburgh had a few shots in the final 20 minutes but no serious threats on the Clarkson goal, as the Golden Knights recorded their fourth consecutive shutout.

Clarkson keeper Kim Kenline (Akron, NY) made four saves for the Knights, while Danielle Schmitt made five saves for the Cardinals. The two teams each had 10 shots, while Plattsburgh had a slim edge in corner kick chances at 5-4.

SLU DROPS POTSDAM

St. Lawrence University (4-0-1) scored four second half goals to pull away from the SUNY women’s soccer team (2-3) 7-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Maxcy Hall Turf Field.

Sophomore forward Nyssa LaClair, a former Massena standout, had two goals for the Saints on two assists from freshman forward Mimi Coppinger (North Hampton, N.H.).

The teams traded charges in the midfield early, but shots were slow to come over the first 17 minutes of the contest. At the 16:59 mark, junior midfielder Julia Friesen (Niagara On the Lake, Ontario/) found senior forward Stephanie Sayward (Derry, N.H) in front of the Bears net to put the Saints up 1-0. Just 52 seconds later, St.

Lawrence struck again as junior midfielder Erika Gobielle (Shelburne, Vt.) set up sophomore forward Mackenzie Collins (East Longmeadow, Mass.) for a 2-0 St. Lawrence advantage. In the 30th minute, LaClair scored her first on an assist from Coppinger to cap the scoring in the first half. The Saints held a 5-1 shot advantage at the break.

Freshman midfielder Emily DePoy (Clifton Park, N.Y.) padded St. Lawrence’s lead with a corner kick that curved and sailed into the top of the net in the 58th minute. Coppinger set up LaClair again with just over 16 minutes remaining in the contest. With less than nine minutes remaining, sophomore midfielder Meghan Ryan (Lenox, Mass.) made it 6-0 with a helper from sophomore midfielder Meagan Gadzuk-Shea (Plattsburgh, N.Y.). St. Lawrence tacked on one more with just three seconds remaining. Sophomore forward Elena Dauphinais (Chester, N.H.) buried a loose ball in front after a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Holly Wark (Lake Forest, Ill).

In goal, sophomore goalie Alexandra Weatherbie (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished with two saves to earn the shutout victory. For the Bears, senior Lisa Bates (Galway, N.Y.) made her first start of the season with two saves and three goals allowed in the first 45 minutes.

Freshman Jaime Durant (Loudonville, N.Y.) finished the game for Potsdam, allowing four goals and making three stops.

Potsdam is back in action on Saturday when the Bears take on 12th-ranked Ithaca College at 1 p.m.

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