Bears, Golden Knights battle to 2-2 draw
POTSDAM, N.Y.— The SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team (4-1-1) battled evenly with the Clarkson Golden Knights (2-1-2) for 110 minutes on Tuesday in a 2-2 draw. Junior midfielder Rylie Murray (Berkley, Mich./Berkley) scored the first goal for the Bears, off an assist from junior midfielder Brooke Falsion (Brockport, N.Y./Brockport). Falsion then scored her sixth goal of the season.
The Golden Knights kept the ball on the Bears' side of the field for the majority of the first 15 minutes, but were only able to get two shots off. At 15:27, Falsion passed fed Murray, who kicked from the top of the box and out of the reach of Clarkson sophomore goalie Elyse Green (Wilton, N.Y./South Glens Falls). The lead only lasted for seven minutes as the next shot of the contest was from Clarkson's junior forward Summer Gillespie (Morrisville, N.Y./Saranac Central) who scored at 22:43. Both teams had a few more opportunities in the half, but the game went into the break tied at one.
The Bears' offense exploded out of the gates in the second half, getting five shots off within the first 12 minutes, but nothing went in. Falsion took three of the shots, including one off the post. The Bears kept the fast tempo and at 63:23 freshman defenseman Maeve Morrissey (Averill Park, N.Y./Averill Park) got the ball into the box, where Falsion fought off a Golden Knight and scored. Once again, Clarkson quickly answered. Senior midfielder Courtney Black (Gilbertsville, P.A./Boyertown Area) scored an unassisted goal from the top of the box a few seconds into the 68th minute. After Black's equalizer, both teams combined for four shots for the rest of the half, keeping the score tied at two entering overtime.
In the first overtime, the Golden Knights controlled the tempo, but could not get a shot on goal. During the second overtime, Clarkson kept up the pressure and earned a corner kick at 102:13. The kick went into the box and Golden Knight sophomore midfielder Danielle Martin (Bath, N.H./Woodsville) had an open shot but could not make contact with the ball. With 15 seconds left Clarkson had one last chance to win the game off a shot from Black, but she missed wide right and time expired
Bears sophomore goalie Delphine Léonard (Montreal, Quebec/Dawson College Prep/Dawson College Prep) had five saves, while Green matched her effort
Potsdam edged Clarkson in total shots 14-13. Both teams had seven shots on goal, as well as six corner kicks apiece.
Potsdam is back in action this Friday against Utica College at 4 p.m. at MaxcyTurf Field.