Coming into the second to last weekend of the season, the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team hits the road one final time to take on Bard College Friday afternoon at 4:00 pm, followed by playing Vassar College Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm.
Struggling to find any offense this year, the Bard Raptors (2-13-0, 0-5 Liberty League) have been outscored 47-10 on the season, including being shut out 10 times. Having only played two times, the Golden Knights have dominated the Raptors in both meetings, winning 2-0 in 2011 and 5-0 last year. Marco Parisi (Guilford, CT) scored a hat trick in the win last year, and Trevor Blackwell (Pittsford, NY) and Paul Ancin (Schodack, NY) also scored for the Green and Gold. Daniel Gagne has started all but one game in net, stopping 91 shots and recording one shutout while Tamaki Chiba leads all scorers with five goals.
In what has been a very even series so far, the Vassar College Brewers (6-3-3, 1-0-2 Liberty League) hold the slight advantage against Clarkson, going 5-4-4 all-time. The two teams played to a 2-2 draw last season as Parisi against provided the offense, scoring both goals and netting the most goals in a weekend by a Clarkson player since Mike Secko scored five in 1999. The Brewers have outscored opponents 23-14 this year, and Tom Wiechert has been their most dangerous offensive weapon, scoring 10 times already in 2013. Ryan Grimme has started all 12 games in net, saving 61 shots and recording three shutouts.
After pushing Skidmore College to the limit last weekend the Golden Knights (2-9-0, 0-4 Liberty League) enter this weekend looking for a conference victory. Blackwell scored in the first half of last Friday's game and Michael King (Verona, NJ) has been getting most of the starts lately in net. The back-line has been playing very well in the last few games, limiting opportunities and keeping the Knights in games.