Despite one of its best efforts of the season, the Clarkson University Men’s Soccer team came up short in its return to Hantz Turf Field as Union College scored the game’s only goal late in regulation to gain a 1-0 victory in Liberty League play on Friday afternoon.
Playing on its home turf for the first time since mid-September, Clarkson played a strong game against conference frontrunner Union, out shooting the Dutchmen 9-7, including a 7-2 margin in the first half. Union, however, connected on its last shot of the game to pull out the victory.
Craig Santangelo converted off a corner kick from Kevin Giron, knocking in a shot in tight at the near post during the 83rd minute for the only goal of the contest.
After a slow start, the Dutchmen picked up their play over the final 45 minutes, out shooting the Green and Gold 5-2 in the second half. Union held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks, with all of their chances coming in the second half.
Both Clarkson sophomore Scott Stuart (Ottawa, ONT) and Union’s Adam Marguiles finished with three saves.
The Knights, at 6-3-1 overall and 1-2 in the Liberty League, host Skidmore on Saturday afternoon in their final home game of the regular season. The Dutchmen, who stand at 8-2-1 overall and 3-0-0 in the conference, play at St. Lawrence on Saturday.