POTSDAM -- Some near misses looked like they might haunt Skidmore, but surprisingly a slow bouncing shot ended up as the difference for the Thoroughbreds as they spoiled the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team's Senior Day with a 1-0 overtime defeat of the Golden Knights Saturday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights fell to 2-10-3 overall and 1-5-1 in the Liberty League, while Skidmore improved its standing in the conference to 4-2-1 and 10-4-1 overall. Clarkson will close out the home portion of the schedule against Potsdam on Tuesday night in a game that was originally set to be played across town. The two teams will kick off at 7:00 pm.
Though Skidmore held a modest 7-4 edge in shots in the first half, the opening 45 minutes were played fairly equally with both teams stringing together enough passes to get close, but not getting many solid scoring chances. It was in the second half that the Thoroughbreds began to assert themselves a bit more, including an offensive flurry that was almost single-handedly denied by Clarkson goalkeeper Saverino Spagnolo (Ottawa, ONT).
Andy Ringler took a hard shot to the far right post, but Spagnolo was able to leap up and tip the ball away, and just a few seconds later Gildas Girimana took a shot that looked like it might fit under the crossbar, but again the senior Clarkson keeper was able to push the shot aside.
Oddly enough it wasn't a hard blast from the outside that proved to be the game-winner for Skidmore, but a soft shot that just made it across the goal line. Brock Bakewell played a ball to the outside to Aaron Krepack who then found Bakewell back inside with a couple of defenders on him. Bakewell and the Clarkson defenders jostled for the ball with Bakewell winning out and he took a soft shot that was deflected and ended up out of the reach of Spagnolo.
Zachary Peck (Liverpool, NY) raced in to attempt to stop the ball from crossing the line near the left post, but couldn't get there in time as Skidmore picked up the victory in the 95th minute on the unassisted goal, Bakewell's seventh of the season.
Skidmore finished with a 16-7 edge in shots and a minor 2-0 lead in corner kick chances. Spagnolo made six saves for Clarkson, while Eli Kisselbach was called upon to make one stop for the Thoroughbreds.