POTSDAM -- After a back and forth battle, the Clarkson Women's Soccer team fell to the Cortland State Red Dragons 1-0 in 2OT on Sunday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field in Potsdam.
The Golden Knights fall to 1-1-0 and head to Potsdam State on Wednesday night for a 7:30 match. Cortland State improves to 1-1-0 and will next host Emory a week from today.
Neither team had many scoring chances throughout regulation. The teams combined for five shots in the first half, and only two were on goal. Nikki Carfi (Liverpool, NY) fired a shot on net in the 14th minute that was turned away by Cortland goalkeeper Rachel Axt. This would prove to be the only chance for the Golden Knights in the first half.
Jessica McFadden had an opportunity early for the Red Dragons in the 7th minute as she took the ball down the right side and ripped a shot on net, but Clarkson goalkeeper Kim Kenline (Akron, NY) denied the attempt. McFadden played the rebound but could not control it and shot wide on her second try.
McFadden again applied pressure on the Clarkson defense, this time hitting the post in the 54th minute. Scoring opportunities again proved to be rare in the second half, and the game went into overtime. After an uneventful first overtime, Cortland dominated possession in the second extra session. In the 107th minute, Cortland's Kelly Knight gained control of the ball deep in Clarkson territory. She passed to the right side to Abby Williams, drawing the defense with her. Williams gave the ball back to Knight who ripped a shot from 15 yards out to win the game.
The Green and Gold were outshot 12-3 on the afternoon. Kenline tallied six saves on the day for Clarkson while Axt recorded one save for Cortland.