The nationally ranked #22 St. Lawrence University men's soccer team scored three second-half goals to earn a 3-0 win over SUNY Potsdam (5-3) on Friday evening at Sandy MacAllaster Field. The victory, which moves the Saints to 4-1-1 on the season, was the men's soccer program's 500th in its 51-year history.
Though St. Lawrence started off slow, its offensive pace picked up as the first half went on, but the Saints still had trouble finding the back of the net.
St. Lawrence finally broke through in the 58th minute as Andrew Bednarsky scored his first goal of the season. Bednarsky played the ball into the box to Jamal Samaroo, then made his way towards the net. Samaroo gave the ball back to Bednarsky, who used his thigh to slip the ball past Potsdam's goalkeeper Nick Davies and put his team ahead 1-0.
The Saints added to its advantage in the 75th minute as Harry Copeland scored his first goal of the season. Mark Provost launched a corner kick to the far side where Dan Hunt headed a shot towards net. Davies made the initial diving save, but Copeland was there to hit the rebound home.
Just under three minutes later, Christian Barral-Arteta capped the Saints scoring by tallying his first collegiate career goal. Provost played a pass over to Bednarsky, who gave a through pass to Barral-Arteta for a breakaway where he beat Potsdam's goalkeeper right side.
Potsdam opened the game with great pressure on St. Lawrence's defense and had two solid chances, including a one-on-one opportunity with the Saints goalkeeper Aaron Costello. Eduardo Figueroa received a pass through the Saints defense and took a shot to the right corner, but Costello made a quick diving save to keep the Bears off the board.
The Saints, however, gained control of the game and limited the Bears to just one more shot on goal which Costello easily handled. He finished with three saves for his fourth shutout of the season. His counterpart, Davies, finished with five saves in suffering the loss in net.
Today's game concludes St. Lawrence's six-game season opening home stand. The Saints will travel to Hobart on Sep. 28th to start conference play.