Saratoga Springs, NY – For the second straight day, a Liberty League opponent proved to have too much offense for the Clarkson University Women's Soccer team to overcome as Skidmore defeated the Golden Knights 5-0 Saturday afternoon at Wachenheim Field.
Clakrson fell to 4-9 overall and 0-4 in the Liberty League, while the Thoroughbreds improved to 2-1-1 in conference and 7-3-2 overall. Clarkson returns from the road next Saturday when it hosts St. Lawrence.
Kelsey Yam got the Skidmore offense started, when she scored at the 4:23 mark off a perfect crossing pass from Abby Benton to make it 1-0. Just over 10 minutes later, Yam tallied again, this time taking a cross from Ali Evans and beating Clarkson goalkeeper Stephanie Collins (Colton, NY) at the near post for her third goal of the season, giving Skidmore a 2-0 lead which they took into the half.
In the 56th minute, junior Laura Groetzinger gave the Thoroughbreds a three-goal advantage, scoring on a breakaway for her first goal of the year. Benton made it 4-0 at the 67:43 mark as she took a pass from Yam in the box and chipped it in. Skidmore rounded out the scoring in the 78th minute when freshman Kelsey Russell was able to work her way past the defenders and found Jen Wardyga in front for an easy goal.
Freshman Gab Lawrence made seven saves in goal to earn her first victory and first shutout at Skidmore. Stephanie Collins made seven saves for the Golden Knights before being relieved by Liz Snow for the final 10:15.
The Thoroughbreds held a 17-9 shot advantage and had the only corner kick of the game.