Poughkeepsie, NY – Two first half goals proved to be enough as the Vassar College Brewers withstood a second half rally from the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team and won 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The match was the final road game of the year for Clarkson (3-10, 1-5 Liberty League), and the Golden Knights will return home to take on the Hobart Statesmen next Saturday at 2:00 pm at Hantz Turf Field. Vassar (7-4-3, 2-1-2 Liberty League) will travel to take on RPI next Saturday.
The Brewers came out quickly, and in the 14th minute they took advantage of a Golden Knight mistake. Goalkeeper Michael King (Verona, NJ) punched out a cross, but the ball went right to Rob Manukyan, who gathered the ball and shot it to the left side and in to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.
The offense continued for Vassar in the 36th minute as Evan Seltzer found Tom Wiechert with a long pass, and Wiechert took a shot from 18 yards out that hit the left post and ricocheted in to give the Brewers a 2-0 advantage going into halftime. The damage could have been worse but King made three saves to keep the game within reach.
Turning up the tempo in the second half, the Golden Knights outshot the Brewers 13-11, including five shots on net. Kurt Knolle (East Aurora, NY) and and Alex Lewis (Hollywood, FL) kept the Vassar defense on its toes as they combined for seven of Clarkson's 15 shots on the afternoon. King recorded seven saves for the Green and Gold on the day.