Potsdam, NY - Freshman Marco Parisi (Guilford, NY) helped put the game away for the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team as he scored the final three goals in the Golden Knights' 5-0 Liberty League win over Bard College Friday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights picked up their first win of the season in convincing fashion and improved to 1-6-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the Liberty League. The Raptors fell to 2-7-1 overall and 0-2-0 in conference games. Clarkson will face Vassar College on Saturday, while Bard travels to play St. Lawrence University.
Clarkson took little time getting on the scoreboard, tallying in the fourth minute of the game. Sophomore Trevor Blackwell (Pittsford, NY) gathered in a pass and took his team, drawing the ball back out towards the far corner before he crossed the ball back into the box to freshman Paul Ancin (Schodack, NY), where the freshman midfielder volleyed in the cross for a 1-0 lead. Less than six minutes expired before the next Clarkson score as Blackwell deposited a header off a corner kick from Zachary Godin (Philadelphia, NY) at 9:00.
Parisi took over from there, accounting for the remainder of Clarkson's scoring. At 18:07, the freshman striker side-heeled a shot off a pass from Godin and only five minutes later he scored his second goal of the game when his shot deflected over the touch of Bard goalkeeper Dan Gagne. He finished off his scoring barrage midway through the second half. A pass from Sam Abate (North Tonawanda, NY) made its way through the Bard defense and found Parisi nearly alone in front, and he was able to take a shot from about 15 yards out in a one-on-one situation with Gagne, scoring to the left post at 65:05.
Clarkson finished with a 22-2 edge in shots and had five corner kicks to the Raptors none. Gagne made seven saves for the Raptors, while Saverino Spagnolo (Ottawa, ONT) was called upon to make one stop for Clarkson.