Potsdam, NY – An offensive outburst was more than enough for the Clarkson University Golden Knights as they cruised by the SUNY Canton Kangaroos 3-0 Wednesday night at Hantz Turf Field.
The win improves the Golden Knights to 2-5-0 as they wrapped up their non-conference schedule on a positive note. Liberty League play begins when Clarkson travels to take on RIT this Saturday at 2:00 pm. SUNY Canton falls to 3-4-0 on the year and they next travel to take on the College of St. Joseph on Friday.
A mistake by the Kangaroo defense led to the first goal for the Knights as a defender attempted to play the ball back to the goalkeeper from the far side of the field. Paul Ancin (Schodack, NY) pressured the keeper into mishandling the ball and it rolled into the net for an own-goal, giving Clarkson the 1-0 lead.
Although they were able to get seven shots off in the first period, SUNY Canton was unable to capitalize5on chances and went into the half trailing 1-0. Shortly into the second half the Knights put the game away for good when Angelo DiFrancesco (Penfield, NY) took the ball down the right side of the field and found an open Brendan Wise in the middle of the pitch. Wise was able to split the defenders, giving him a one-on-one with the goalkeeper and he finished the job with a hard ground ball to the left side of the net to take the 2-0 lead.
"It's been awhile since we've found our scoring feet and we needed that tonight," said Head Coach Nick Hillary. "It's fantastic to see that leading up to conference play this weekend."
Later in the 78th minute, DiFrancesco again tallied an assist, this time finding Marco Parisi (Guilford, NY) in the middle of the field who dribbled between defenders and again beat the keeper to the left to put some distance between the teams at 3-0.
Getting his second career start, Michael King (Verona, NJ) made the most of it, stopping all seven shots on net. Canton was able to create opportunities on a few of their seven corner kicks, but King shut down every try, once diving to intercept a cross before the Kangaroos could fire a shot in the second half. Trevor Blackwell (Pittsford, NY) was also solid on defense, blocking multiple shots and stuffing scoring attempts before they could happen.
"He had some big saves for us tonight. We knew he had it inside of him. He came up fantastic and guided the back line very well tonight and it was good to see King come up with a shutout," added Hillary.
Canton held a slight advantage in shots at 15-14 and attempted three more corner kicks than the Knights, but Clarkson was able to make the big play when necessary to secure the victory.