Knights earn fourth shutout of season in 4-0 win over Canton
The Golden Knights improved to 5-0-1 on aggregate, only the second time in program history that the Greens and Ors have gone undefeated in the first six games of a season (2015, 6- 0). SUNY Canton fell to 0-4 this season. Clarkson continues his non-conference game streak to open the year, heading to Oswego State for a Saturday afternoon tilt this weekend.
It didn’t take long for the Golden Knights to get on the scoreboard as the Kangaroos were put in the hole in the fourth minute of the game. Clarkson carried the ball deep in the right touchline and a cross was sent in front but was pushed back near the top of the 18. Maddie Lopol was able to prevent the ball from being cleared further and sent a pass to Lillian Gillet near the top of the six on the far left of the penalty area. Gillett then crossed the ball in front to Sarah Kohlswhere the senior kicked the ball in at 3:06 for a 1-0 advantage over Clarkson, his fifth goal of the year.
Despite plenty of other chances, the Golden Knights couldn’t find the back of the net for over 50 minutes. Clarkson’s shots were caught or stopped by Canton’s Skylar Williams. The drought ended in the 57th minute as play developed rapidly during the transition. After a quick pass from defensive end Clarkson found Lillian Gillet near midfield, Gillett passed the ball to Arin Bates near the right lateral line. Bates then carried the ball forward and passed it around the corner to Sarah Kohls. Bates then filled the empty space in the middle as two Canton defenders began to close in on Kohls, and the quick cross found Bates’ left foot for a goal from around 10 yards out at 56:06.
Exactly six minutes later, the Knights scored again, as a goal kick never left Canton’s defensive zone. The ball ricocheted just inside and outside the penalty area after a few close deflections, but Angelina Fahrenkrug was able to enter the ball almost on stride and hit a hard kick from the hash mark of the penalty kick that grazed the bottom of the crossbar and inside.
Late in the game, the Knights scored one more goal for good measure. Julia Tyler cleared the Clarkson end with a pass along the left sideline to Haley Archambaultwho carried the ball a further 30 yards and sent a cross to Aspen Tlapa. Just before two Canton players could clear the ball, Tlapa managed to nudge the ball past Skylar Williams of the six in the far right corner.
Clarkson finished with a 40-1 advantage in shots, including a 21-0 lead in shots. The Knights also held an 11-0 edge on corner kick opportunities. Williams made 17 saves and kept the game close for almost 60 minutes, while Molly DiCaprio got a shutout without having to stop.