NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The SUNY Potsdam men’s soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead, but fell to St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) College 3-2 in the first round of CIAO Classic.
Bears senior midfielder Tim Ciampa (Castleton, N.Y./Maple Hill) and freshman forward Alex Minsker (Brewster, N.Y./Brewster) each scored to give Potsdam the early lead.
The Bears defense held off strong pressure in the first half, allowing the offense to grab the early advantage.
Junior midfielder Chris Mack (South Glens Falls, N.Y./South Glens Falls) set up Ciampa’s marker in the 12th minute for a 1-0 Potsdam lead.
Twelve minutes later Ciampa set up Minsker for the Bears final score. St. Joseph’s held an 8-5 advantage in shots at the half.
In the second half, the Golden Eagles ramped up their pressure in the offensive zone, slowly wearing down Potsdam’s defenders.
St. Joseph’s finally broke through in the 59th minute, on a strike from forward John Dettori.
Midfielder Terrence Dzus netted the final two goals. Dzus knotted the score at 2-2 in the 73rd minute and buried the game-winning goal with just 1:07 left in the contest.
Sophomore goalkeeper Joe Glackin (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) was strong in net again for Potsdam with six saves, while Golden Eagle keeper Peter Ryan finished with five stops.
Bears Head Coach Adam Parker was encouraged by his team’s defensive play and the improving offense.
“We defended really well for most of the day,” said Parker. “Offensively, A.J. Ramirez (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) and Tim Ciampa (1-1-3) had very strong days for us.”
Potsdam (0-3) closes out the weekend tomorrow Sept. 12, at noon when the Bears battle host Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the final round of the tournament.