POTSDAM -- After over 106 minutes of scoreless soccer, junior Nikki Carfi (Liverpool, N.Y.) scored the game winning goal to lead Clarkson University Women's Soccer team to a 1-0 double overtime win over Colby-Sawyer in the opening round of the North Country Classic at Hantz Turf Field.
Clarkson is now 1-0 while Colby-Sawyer sees their record fall to 0-1.
Even though there was 106 minutes before the first goal, this was not a game without offense. There were 33 total shots taken between the two teams, with Colby-Sawyer holding an 18-15 edge. Colby-Sawyer also had a staggering 12 to two advantage in corner kicks.
However, it was not until the second overtime period for one of those shots to find the back of the net. Carfi collected a throw in from Megan Strijek (Schenectady, N.Y) and proceeded to weave her way between multiple Colby-Sawyer defenders and clipping a shot over the diving keeper for the winning score.
The Clarkson defense was strong all game, led by senior Kim Kenline (Akron, N.Y.) who tallied seven saves, including a penalty-shot stop late in regulation. The Colby-Sawyer keeper, Karley Hamilton, also played very well in the loss, besting Kenline's save total by one and finishing with eight.
Clarkson looks to continue its winning start to the season against SUNY Plattsburgh tomorrow at 3:30pm on Hantz Turf Field.