POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University mens soccer teams suffered non-league setback Wednesday night.
SLU BLANKS POTSDAM
Third-ranked St. Lawrence University (5-0) got two goals from senior midfielder Sam DeMello (Easthampton, Mass.) to down the Potsdam 3-0 at Maxcy Hall Turf Field.
Senior midfielder Nick Lincoln (East Thetford, Vt.) scored the other Saints goal
St. Lawrence exerted pressure early and DeMello capitalized at the 8:37 mark. Freshman midfielder Ozzy Morales (New Providence, N.J.) fed DeMello from the left post and the senior drilled it into the left corner of the net. Six minutes later, Potsdam earned its first corner kick. In the middle of the crowd, Bears senior captain Vic Colasacco (Oceanside, N.Y.) headed the ball into the left post. The Saints controlled the play for territorially for much of the remainder of the half, but Potsdams defense and senior goalkeeper Joseph Glackin (Latham, N.Y.) kept them at bay.
Five minutes into the second half, St. Lawrence made the most of a corner kick. Senior defender Will Congdon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) drove the ball into the box and senior midfielder Nick Lincoln (East Thetford, Vt.) redirected the ball past Glackin with the back of his head. The Saints continued to smother the Bears offense until they could get some final insurance. In the 83rd minute, St. Lawrence was awarded a penalty kick and DeMello fired it to the left of a diving Glackin.
In goal, St. Lawrence senior Nate Goss-Woliner (Waitfield, Vt.) turned aside the only shot he faced to record the shutout. Glackin finished with six saves. The Saints outshot Potsdam 14-3.
Potsdam continues its four-game home stand with weekend matchups against RPI and St. John Fisher. The Bears face the Engineers at noon on Saturday and the Cardinals at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
SUNYIT TOPS CU
It isnt often a late spurt of offense can decide a soccer game, but SUNYIT scored a pair of goals in the final five minutes to defeat the Clarkson University men team 2-1 in Utica.
The Golden Knights fell to 0-4-1 overall while SUNYIT improved to 3-2. Clarkson will take the weekend off to regroup and will be back in action next weekend when the team travels to Plattsburgh.
Clarkson controlled play in the first half and was able to get on the scoreboard very late in the second half. Sophomore Alex Vozzella (Boston, MA) scored an unassisted goal at the 42:45 mark to give the Knights a 1-0 lead going into intermission.
The Knights appeared ready to come home with a victory, but the Wildcats found their scoring touch late in the game, tying the score 1-1 in the 86th minute and taking the lead just 52 seconds later in the 87th minute to snatch the win away from Clarkson
SUNYIT finished with an 18-6 lead in shots and a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Saverino Spagnolo (Ottawa, ONT) made seven saves in goal for Clarkson, while Malick Faye made one stop for the Wildcats.