Potsdam, NY – Freshman Megan Strijek (Schenectady, NY) scored a goal and assisted on another as the Clarkson University Women’s Soccer team picked up a 3-0 non-league win over SUNY Canton Tuesday evening at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights evened their overall mark at 6-6-2 and will take on Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on Saturday. Canton fell to 6-9-1 on the year.
The Golden Knights dominated the first half, out shooting Canton 16-1. Three of those attempts made it into the Kangaroos goal though Canton goalkeeper Laura Pratt did a good job in limiting the damage with eight first-half saves. The Knights got on the scoreboard at the 17:46 mark in the first half when Megan Strijek sent a shot/cross through the box and found the foot of Jessica Budaj (Windsor, MA), who was able to keep it just inside the right post for her third goal of the season.
Clarkson maintained the offensive pressure and picked up a second goal at 31:43. Senior Sarah Andres (Honeoye, NY) sent a pass over to freshman Anna Demasi (Colchester, VT) near the top of the penalty area. Demasi then was able to weave through a pair of defenders and sent a hard groundball to the left post for her fourth score of the year.
The Knights capped off their first half scoring on an impressive effort from Strijek. The freshman took a hard shot at almost point blank range that was deflected by Pratt, a solid save, but the ball careened across the box to Hunter Pierce (Livonia, NY). With the defense shifting, Pierce caught them off balance and passed the ball back to Strijek, who raced to the post to make sure the ball made it across the goal line at 42:30, her fourth goal of the season.
Clarkson had a hand full of chances to pick up a fourth goal in the early going of the second half, but the Canton defense was up to task, especially with Pratt making some key saves on shots that appeared to be almost across the line.
The Knights held a significant advantage in shots, 23-1, and led in corner kicks 3-0. Steph Lynch (Baldwinsville, NY) picked up her first win and shutout as a collegian, while Laura Pratt was called upon more often in making 14 saves for the Kangaroos.