POTSDAM -- Marco Parisi's (Guilford, CT) second half goal sparked an offensive outburst that allowed the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team to come from behind and win their season opener against Cortland State, 4-3 on Friday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
Golden Knights improve to 1-0-0 on the season while Cortland State falls to 0-1-0. The Green and Gold will host Stevens Institute of Technology tomorrow at 4:00 pm while Cortland travels to play St. Lawrence.
Parisi got the Golden Knights on the board first in the 10th minute as the goalkeeper came out to make a play on the ball and Parisi lifted it over his head and into the net from 20 yards out.
Cortland answered in the 21st minute with a little help from the Golden Knights defense. Off of a corner kick the Clarkson back line headed the ball into their own net to knot the score at one.
The Red Dragons took the lead four minutes later as Matt Williams took a pass Robby Reiser and booted a ground ball passed charging Clarkson net-minder Alex White (Unadilla, NY) from 20 yards out.
After heading to halftime down 2-1, Clarkson struck just two minutes into the second half as Parisi volleyed a pass from Kyle Fisk (Pennelville, NY) out of mid-air and found the back of the net to tie the game at two.
The Golden Knights took the lead for good in the 59th minute as Parisi crossed the ball in front and Tucker Wilcox (Broadalbin, NY) buried the ball in the back of the net.
Clarkson got some needed insurance four minutes later. Alex Vozzella (Boston, MA) beat a defender down the left side and created a three on two. After a shot attempt by Paul Ancin (Schodak, NY) was turned away, Angelo DiFrancesco (Penfield, NY) gathered the rebound and crossed it back to Vozzella who scored the eventual game-winner for the Knights.
Darren McCormack brought the Red Dragons closer by blasting a direct kick passed the Clarkson defense to make the score 4-3, but his goal would prove to be the final one on the afternoon.
Alex White stopped eight shots while his counterpart Tim Beavais stopped seven. Cortland State had a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks but failed to capitalize on any of them.