Clarkson and Vassar finish men's soccer knotted 2-2
Potsdam, NY - Juliano Pereira of Vassar College and Marco Parisi (Guilford, NY) of the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team did their best to outduel one another offensively, but their results finished the same as the Brewers and Golden Knights as the two teams tied 2-2 Saturday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights moved to 1-6-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the Liberty League, while Vassar will go home without a win on the weekend at 6-4-1 and 1-1-1 in conference games.Saturday's game had a methodical pace to start as neither team put much together offensively in the early going. However, the Brewers changed that in the 17th minute of the first half. A corner kick that had a few deflections found its way to Vassar's leading scorer, Juliano Pereira, and the midfielder redirected the bounding ball over Clarkson's goalkeeper Scott Stuart (Ottawa, ONT) to gain his sixth goal of the year.
Vassar's lead would be shortlived, however, as Clarkson came back just a minute later. Freshman Marco Parisi beat Vassar's Ryan Grimme to the ball and his slow groundball trickled over the line into the side of the net at 17:18 to quickly tie the game up 1-1.
The furious offensive scoring pace continued, though, as once again Pereira would convert, scoring on a hard groundball to the left post past Stuart. The Brewers would hold off the Clarkson charge for the remainder of the half, but the Knights took little time to change that as the game resumed following halftime. Junior Angelo DiFrancesco (Penfield, NY) took the ball into the corner and crossed the ball into the box, finding the head of Parisi, who pushed the ball past Grimme at 46:38. The goal was Parisi's fifth of the weekend.
Though both teams certainly had their chances for the rest of the game, including a pair of overtime periods, neither team was able to pick up the game-winner over the course of the final 60-plus minutes.
Vassar finished with a 16-7 edge in shots and a 7-3 lead in corner kick chances. Stuart closed the game with four saves and Grimme also tallied four saves for Vassar.