POTSDAM, N.Y.—Clarkson University (5-3-2) scored two late goals to rally past the SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team (2-9) for a 2-1 victory at Hantz Field on Wednesday night. Senior forward Heather Johnson scored for the Bears and freshman goalkeeper Shannon Weader finished with 10 saves for Potsdam.
The first half was a tight defensive battle with the Golden Knights holding a 4-3 edge in shots. Weader stopped three shots in the first 45 minutes and Clarkson goalie Kim Kenline made one save.
The offenses started fast in the second half as both goalies faced two shots in the first 11 minutes. Weader handled the Golden Knights two attempts and Kenline stopped a chance from junior midfielder Ashley Thayer seven minutes into the final period. In the 57th minute, freshman forward Erin McClusky found Johnson who launched a blast from 20 yards out that eluded Kenline for a 1-0 Potsdam lead. Clarkson evened the score at 62:09 on a goal from Jessica Budaj. Megan Strijek fired a shot off the crossbar and Budaj buried the rebound. Nearly 14 minutes later, Golden Knight Haley Hider netted the game-winner on a missile from 35 yards out. Clarkson was able to maintain pressure for the rest of the contest, but Weader kept the Bears in the game with seven second half saves. However, the Bears were unable to find the equalizer.
Kenline finished with three saves to earn the victory. The Golden Knights outshot Potsdam 15-6.
“I think our youth showed tonight,” said Bears Head Coach Mark Misiak. “We scored first and weren't able to hold the lead, but it's tough to lose a game on two types of goals you'll never see again. Shannon Weader played well, making some big saves to keep us in the game. Again, everyone played well. I'm proud of the girls. We'll look to bounce back this weekend at Oneonta and New Paltz.”
Potsdam hits the road to face the Red Dragons at 4 p.m. on Friday. The Bears then battle the Hawks at 1 p.m. on Saturday.