Castleton, VT – Early in the second half, freshman Mack Walton and sophomore Drew Lewis scored just 31 seconds apart to push the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team to a 2-0 non-league win over Castleton State Friday night.
The Golden Knights improved to 3-1 overall on the season, while the Spartans dropped to 1-3 on the season. Clarkson returns to action on Saturday when it faces The Sage Colleges in another non-league tilt.
The first half of play started with great pace and patience early from the Knights. However, neither team was able to muster much in the way of true scoring chances, though the Spartans nearly scored in the 40th minute. Ian Roeloffs was up to the task, denying a shot from the left side off the foot of Sean Springer. Clarkson nearly ended the scoreless tie in the waning moments when Drew Lewis took a 25-yard free kick, but Castleton keeper Aaron Parker dove to keep the game at 0-0 through the first half.
Clarkson broke through early in the second half, scoring twice in a span of just 31 seconds. Freshman Mack Walton received a cross from the left side from classmate Brandon Bahr at the 53:50 mark. Just 31 seconds later at 54:21, Drew Lewis put a shot on the frame that was initially saved, but the rebound came right back to his foot and he was able to bury another attempt up close to put the Knights up 2-0. That was all the Golden Knights would need, as Ian Roeloffs stood tall to earn his first career shutout.
The Knights enjoyed a 15-11 edge in shots, with Roeloffs making five saves for his whitewash. Parker denied seven shots for the Spartans.