POUGHKEEPSIE, NY--Sophomore goalkeeper Scott Stuart (Ottawa, ONT) made five saves and the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team's defense denied nine shots and nine corner kick chances in the second half to preserve the shutout as the Golden Knights claimed a 1-0 victory at Vassar Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights, ranked 7th in the New York Region, improved to 5-2-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the Liberty League, while the Brewers dropped to 5-4-0 and 0-2-0. Clarkson plays at SUNYIT on Wednesday before taking next weekend off from conference action.
Clarkson controlled the play in the first half, holding a 9-3 lead in shots, but the Golden Knights were unable to take advantage with any scores in the first 45 minutes. It wasn't until early in the second half that the Knights would record the only goal of the game. Vassar goalkeeper Ryan Grimme made the initial save on an offensive push by the Knights, but junior midfielder David Maiorino (Holbrook, NY) knocked in the rebound at 52:50, his second goal of the season, to give Clarkson the lead.
Though Vassar would take nine chances at the Clarkson goal and receive nine corner kick opportunities in the final 45 minutes, the Knights' defense was up to task, holding on to the lead and the shutout. Stuart made fives saves, marking his second shutout of the season. Grimme also made five saves for Vassar.
Clarkson had a 15-12 lead in shots in the contest, but trailed in corner kicks 12-3.