POTSDAM, N.Y. – Two goals by Clarkson University's Drew Lewis led the host Golden Knights past the Castleton University men's soccer team – 2-0 – on Saturday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
Castleton and Clarkson went back-and-forth throughout much of the first half with aggressive play and chances at an opening. The Spartans claimed an early advantage by lining up six shots in the opening 45, while the Golden Knights recorded only three.
In the 32nd minute, Lewis notched his first score of the afternoon off a timely cross in front of the goal. As the ball traveled to the far side, the forward redirected it into the near corner of the net.
Shortly after halftime, the Clarkson forward struck again. On another cross through the box, Lewis chipped the ball past the diving Ryan McKay in goal. The Castleton keeper sent away three shots-on-goal in five attempts while playing the entire 90 minutes between the posts.
Throughout the second half, the Golden Knights became more comfortable with the pace of play and were the more aggressive team. While earning an 8-2 advantage on shots, the home team just outshot Castleton (11-8) as the Spartans returned the favor, narrowing the gap in corner kicks. Individually, Castleton was led by Colby Gay, who notched three shots. Ben Stewart, Seraphin Iradukunda, Tom Kirk, Jack Kingdon and Joel Atutor were responsible for the other five.
One of Castleton's best chances on the afternoon came in the 45th minute, just prior to the half. Gay broke loose from the defense, found a clearing and hooked the ball toward the goal. Yet, despite the spinning toward the goal, Clarkson goalie Riley McDonald was able to get enough on the ball to poke it away at the last second.
Castleton returns to action at 1 p.m. on Sunday as it wraps up its weekend back-to-back with a nonconference contest at SUNY Potsdam.
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