POTSDAM, NY--Three quick strikes in the opening moments proved to be too much for the Clarkson University Women’s Soccer team to overcome as Vassar College downed the Golden Knights, 3-0, in Liberty League action Saturday afternoon at Clarkson Field.
The Golden Knights fell to 4-6-0 overall and 0-2-0 in conference games, while Vassar moved to 7-2-0 and 2-0-0. Clarkson returns to non-league action next weekend when it hosts St. John Fisher.
Vassar established control of the game in the opening moments, scoring twice in the first four-plus minutes. On their first corner kick chance of the game just three minutes in, the Brewers were able to take the lead when Elysa Greenberger sent the ball across the box. The pass found the head of senior midfielder Alison McManis, who directed the cross into the upper left corner of the goal at 3:35.
Just 34 seconds later, the Brewers tallied again when Carolyn Demougeot rifled a shot from approximately 20 yards out to the upper left corner again, with the assist going to McManis, at 4:09.
Only seven minutes later, Vassar scored again. The two teams volleyed the ball back and forth in the midfield for a few moments before the Brewers’ Demougeot took control and sent a long pass over the Clarkson defense where two Vassar strikers were streaking down each side of the field. The pass found Gavriella Kaplan on the far right side about 40 yards out, and Kaplan carried the ball in and beat Clarkson goalkeeper Stephanie Collins (Colton, NY) with a quick move at the top of the box before sending a soft groundball into the net.
The second half saw Vassar with a few chances on goal, but Collins was able to make the saves to keep Clarkson’s chances close. However, the Knights scoring opportunities on the Vassar goal usually sailed high or wide, with Alyssa Dausman (Syracuse, NY) coming the closest when she skimmed the crossbar before the ball went out of bounds.
Collins finished with four saves for Clarkson, while Lexi Hutton made one save in the first half and Ali Higgins played the second half for the Brewers and didn’t need to make a stop. Vassar enjoyed a 14-6 edge in shots and a 4-2 lead in corner kick chances.