Potsdam, N.Y. - August 31, 2019 - The Springfield College men's soccer team was defeated by Clarkson University, 2-0, on day two of the North Country Classic at Hantz Turf Field.
With Otterbein's win at St. Lawrence on Saturday, the Knights stood as the only unbeaten team on the weekend, giving Clarkson the North Country Classic title. The Knights improved to 2-0 on the season, while Springfield fell to 0-2.
Chances were limited throughout the contest, but Clarkson took little time in putting pressure on Springfield with a goal less than three minutes into the game. Bobby Guilfoil took a hard shot from about 15 yards out and it was deflected, finding the foot of Devon Bahr, who finished his close-range bid at 2:28 to put the Knights up 1-0.
The two teams totaled nine shots in the first half, but neither team had many dangerous scoring opportunities.
Clarkson picked up a key insurance goal early in the second half. After Springfield was whistled for a foul in the box, Erick Naula was awarded a penalty kick opportunity. Goalkeeper Chris Prizio (Trumbull, Conn.) made a stop with a dive to his right, but Naula rushed in for the rebound and his second chance found the back of the net at 55:59.
Clarkson finished with a 10-7 edge in shot attempts (6-3 in shots on goal), while Springfield won the battle of corner kick chances 5-3. Noah Bell earned the shutout with three saves, while Clayton Knibbs (Madison, Conn.) made three saves in the opening 45 minutes for the Pride and Prizio made one stop in the second half.
Next up for Springfield will be its final game of a three-game roadswing to open up the season when it travels to face Williams on Wednesday at 5 pm.
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