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POTSDAM - In the head coaching debut of Chris Taylor, the Clarkson University men’s soccer team defeated Moravia College 2-0 in the opening round of the North Country Classic Friday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.

Clarkson started the game quickly, peppering the Moravia goal with shots, including two in the ninth minute that drew saves from the Moravia keeper, Billy Borland. However, the Golden Knights could not break through until the introduction of Maximilian Leetz (Bruedx, Germany). Six minutes after subbing on, Leetz beat his defender and squared a pass to Tucker Wilcox (Broadalbin, N.Y.) who calmly slotted it to the right of the keeper for the first goal of the season.

The score would remain 1-0 until the 77th minute when Leetz was able to grab a goal to go along with his assist. Kevin Calnan (Winchester, M.A.) crossed in a corner kick and the senior transfer who rose to head it into the back of the net.

Clarkson outshot Moravia 12-6 and also held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks. Borland finished with seven saves, while Clarkson’s sophomore keeper, Michael King (Verona, N.J.) collected one save and his first shutout of the season.

Clarkson returns to action this afternoon against SUNY Cortland at 1 p.m. in the final round of the North Country Classic at Hantz Turf Field.

Potsdam 1, Misericordia 1 (OT): The SUNY Potsdam men’s soccer team (0-0-1) got an early goal and fought to a draw with defending MAC Freedom Conference Champion Misericordia University (0-0-1) in the first round of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Cardinal Classic to open the season. Sophomore defender Chris Schrum (Manhattan, N.Y.) scored his fourth career goal for the Bears and sophomore goalie Nick Davies (Webster, N.Y.) finished with five saves.

Potsdam didn’t take a shot until the 10th minute, but made the most of it. At the 9:58 mark, Schrum headed home a corner kick off the foot of senior captain Alex Minsker (Brewster, N.Y.) for a 1-0 lead. The defenses took control of the contest after the goal. Each team’s defenders allowed just four shots the entire half, including Schrum’s tally. The score remained the same at the break.

The Cougars’ Nick von Egypt tied the score in the 54th minute after knocking down and burying a cross from in front of the goal. Shots were easier to come by in the second half, but the goals were not. Each team created a few chances with Potsdam holding an 8-7 shot advantage, but the score remained knotted at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

“They are a really good team,” said Parker. “But it was a typical first game of the season. There wasn’t a lot of pretty soccer. Both teams played very hard and physical in the heat and were pretty spent by overtime. Eric Cassidy (Queensbury, N.Y.) came off the bench to play very well for us and Matt Parsons (Glens Falls, N.Y.) also looked good in his first game.”

The Bears edged the Cougars 14-13 in shots, but Misericordia finshed with a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Cougar goalie Barry Fitzgerald stopped six Potsdam shots on the afternoon.

Potsdam is back in action for the second round this afternoon at 1 p.m. against Fitchburg State.

SLU 5, Cortland 2: A three-goal second half helped push the No. 7 St. Lawrence men’s soccer team past SUNY Cortland, as the Saints downed the Red Dragons 5-2 in the opening game of the 2014 Lotto Classic Tournament on Sandy MacAllaster field.

Senior captain Mark Provost, the team’s top returning scorer from a season ago, and juniors Seyefe Brouk and Morgan Smith each finished with a goal and an assist on the day, while Rob Brandell and Harry Copeland also added goals for the Saints.

The Red Dragons scored in the 87th minute on set piece from the corner of the box. Nick Tata took the free kick for Cortland and found teammate Ole Daumann on the far side of the box who beat an outstretched Aaron Costello in the top right corner. The Saints keeper finished with two saves on the day, while Beauvais made seven stops for the Red Dragons.

The Saints return to Sandy MacAllaster field at 1 p.m. this afternoon for a game against Moravian College to close out the Lotto Tournament.

SUNY Canton 2, Paul Smith’s 0: Former Potsdam Central standout Devin Gruneisen and Josh Geller each scored goals in the first half to lead the Kangaroos to a win over Paul Smith’s in a nonconference game in Canton.

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