Potsdam, NY – An early goal by Cailey Nieto (Chatham, NY) led the Clarkson Women's Soccer team by the Elmira College Soaring Eagles 1-0 in the rain on Friday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights improve to 3-2-0 and will host Nazareth College tomorrow at 2:00 pm at Hantz Turf Field while Elmira falls to 2-2-0 and will travel to take on Saint Lawrence University tomorrow afternoon.
The Green and Gold struck in the 4th minute as Taylor Abraham (Canadaigua, NY) took the ball at midfield and passed ahead right to the feet of Nieto. Running behind the defense, Nieto was able to take the ball in stride and had a 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper. Instead of aggressively playing the ball, Elmira goalie Danielle Fournier decided to back up and Nieto slid a ground ball passed her on the right for the goal. One score would be all Clarkson would need on the afternoon, but not without some late drama.
The Soaring Eagles came out with more intensity in the second half, dominating possession on the offensive end and pressuring the Golden Knight defense for most of the period. Five of their seven shots came after the break and Clarkson had few opportunities to add to its lead. In the 85th minute it appeared that Elmira had tied the game as they knocked a header by Clarkson goaltender Kim Kenline (Akron, NY), but an offsides call negated the goal and the Golden Knights kept the lead.
With under a minute to go Elmira took possession with a goal kick from their end. They quickly moved the ball up the field ended up with a breakaway in the final 15 seconds. Caitlyn Criscuolo dribbled down the right side of the field and Kenline mirrored her and made a play on the ball as Criscuolo shot with less than 10 seconds left. The ball drifted wide and the Golden Knights were able to hang on for the win.
Kenline recorded two saves on the afternoon while Fournier tallied three in the loss. Both teams only managed seven shots in the game, but the two combined for 27 fouls. This was the fourth straight 1-0 game that Clarkson has played in, going 2-2-0 in that stretch.