POTSDAM--Senior Mark Secko (Shoreham, NY) delivered his second game-winning goal of the year, this time in regulation, to lift the Clarkson University Men’s Soccer team to a 2-1 victory over RIT Saturday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights, ranked 10th in the New York Region, improved to 4-1-1 overall, while the Tigers dropped to 4-2-1 on the season. Clarkson takes to the road next weekend, opening league play against Rensselaer and Vassar.
Though the teams were scoreless through the first 30 minutes of the game, both broke the ice within just a few moments of one another late in the half. Clarkson got on the scoreboard first when senior Justin White (Dewitt, NY) sent a soaring pass off a direct kick into the box. Freshman Kurt Knolle (East Aurora, NY) corralled the pass and made a quick move past his defender and sent a groundball to the far corner for his third goal of the year at 30:33, giving the Knights a 1-0 advantage.
However, RIT responded just 2 minutes, 20 seconds later as Mike Allocco kicked a 30-yard pass over the Clarkson defense to Dan Holowaty, who outraced the trailing defense to the goal and beat Clarkson goalkeeper Scott Stuart (Ottawa, ONT), allowing for an easy goal into the open net at 32:47.
In the second half, the Tigers controlled the play in the Clarkson end and had a few shots on goal, but all of them came straight at Stuart, who easily gathered in the ball at the goal line safely each time.
Despite the play mostly occurring in the midfield and Clarkson end, it was the Golden Knights who would come away with the victory. With just over 20 minutes remaining, Knolle sent a hard past across the line to the midfield, where Mark Secko controlled the ball, took one step and blasted a right-footed shot that danced into the top corner of the net from 35-40 yards away.
RIT would put pressure on the Knights in the waning moments, but other than an errant header, the chances were few as Clarkson held on for the win.
The Tigers owned a 12-5 advantage in shots and a 5-1 lead in corner kick opportunities. Stuart made five saves for the Knights, while RIT’s Sean Conway didn’t make any saves for the Tigers.