Potsdam, NY – A goal right before halftime proved to be the game winner as the Clarkson University Women's Soccer team fell to the RIT Tigers 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The game was the Liberty League opener for both teams, as the Golden Knights fall to 3-6 on the year and next travel to take on Union College next Friday at 4 pm. The Tigers improve to 6-1-2 on the year and travel to take on Bard College next Friday.
Clarkson dominated the beginning of the first half, attempting four shots in the first 13 minutes and constantly pressuring the RIT defense. As the half progressed, momentum gradually shifted from one end of the field to the other as RIT started getting shots on Clarkson goalkeeper Kim Kenline (Akron, NY). Finally in the 42nd minute Shelby Vakiener connected with Anka Parzych with a short pass into the box. Parzych turned to face the net and hit the ball with the outside of her foot by a diving Kenline to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The second half did not present many scoring chances for either side, but in the 80th minute the Tigers put the game away for good. Quincey Ornellas passed the ball down the left side of the field, finding Sierra Kiss, who dribbled to the middle of the field and booted a left-footed ground ball by the goalkeeper to make the score 2-0.
"I was very proud of our efforts today. It was the best game we put together all across the field," said head coach Sarah Raymond. "We matched them in every area of the field, which is really encouraging, against one of the best teams in the conference."
RIT outshot Clarkson 10-6 on the afternoon, including holding a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal. Kenline stopped two balls in the loss while Amanda Murray smothered the only shot she faced in the win.