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Knights return to winning ways with 2-0 win over Potsdam

Potsdam, NY – First Half Goals Colin Wright and Bobby Guilfoil proved the difference as the Clarkson University men’s soccer team ended the home portion of its 2022 schedule with a 2-0 victory over SUNY Potsdam on Tuesday afternoon at Hantz Field.

The Golden Knights improved to 9-3-3 overall and head into the weekend with playoff aspirations when they face Rensselaer. Potsdam saw their season end at 5-8-4.

The Knights controlled play in the opening minutes, getting a handful of attempts both on goal and just wide. This pressure eventually resulted in a goal midway through the half. Clarkson had the ball in his own defense with space just across the halfway line, and Christian Silvan served a ball down the left line. The Potsdam defense won the first ball in the air and tried to get a second, but Colin Wright was able to sneak in to gain possession of the ball near the goal line. He then took a few touches and closed the pitch before taking a difficult right-footed shot that landed just inside the post for a 1-0 lead over Clarkson at 21:57.

Less than twelve minutes later, Clarkson scored his second goal of the game. Clarkson held possession after a corner and a long pass went over the top where Taro Hayashi managed to recover the ball. He then returned the ball to the other side, where it was missed on his first rebound before finding the foot of Bobby Guilfoil. He then settled the ball and managed to spin with a hard left-footed shot that ended up inside the near post at 33:20.

In the first 45 minutes, Clarkson beat the Bears 9-5, but the shots on goal margin was only 6-5. Corners were also tight, with Clarkson having a 5-4 advantage.

Potsdam came out a bit stronger in the second half and eventually had a very good chance when Clarkson was called down for a foul in the box on a back push. Anderson Velasquez took a chance and went hard with his right foot to the left post, but Josh Morelli was up to the task, diving to his right and securing the ball to prevent there being a second scoring opportunity. Each team had a handful more chances, but the best chances tended to sail high or wide.

Clarkson finished with a 15-10 advantage on shots and a 10-7 lead on penalties, while the margin from corners remained at one (6-5). Josh Morelli stopped seven shots for his fourth shutout of the year, while Ian Schwartz denied eight for the Bears.