POTSDAM--From the standpoint of the Clarkson University Women’s Soccer team, St. John Fisher chose the wrong time to break out of an extended scoreless streak. The Cardinals tallied in the 56th minute, ending a 545 minute, 11 second drought, to claim a 1-0 victory over the Golden Knights Saturday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights lost their fourth straight contest, falling to 4-7-0 overall on the season, and will look to get back on track next weekend when they travel to face Union and Skidmore. St. John Fisher moved to 2-7-1 overall.
Clarkson took control of the game at the start, enjoying prolonged possession, but was able to muster just one shot, an errant kick that went high and wide of the goal. St. John Fisher took some time to string passes together, but when the Cardinals did, they were able to produce a solid offensive push to end the half. The Cardinals ended the first half with a 9-1 edge in shots, including five on the Clarkson frame.
St. John Fisher would break the scoreless tie in the first 10 minutes of the second half, tallying in the 56th minute. Sarah Bihl and Amanda Siebert played the ball in the far corner near the flag, and a long cross was sent into the box. There, the ball found the head of Laura Burgstrom, who directed the ball into the middle of the net, just past the hands of the Clarkson keeper Stephanie Collins (Colton, NY).
St. John Fisher ended the game with a 12-2 lead in shots and a 4-1 advantage in corner kick chances. Collins made six saves, while Cardinals’ keeper Jess Plukas made one save for the shutout.