The Clarkson University men’s soccer team scored with 13.5 seconds left in regulation to lift the Golden Knights to a 2-1 Liberty League victory over ninth-ranked Hobart in a match played at Hantz Turf Field this afternoon.
Clarkson improved to 3-5-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the conference, while the Statesmen (7-1-0, 0-1-0 Liberty) suffered their first loss of the season.
The Golden Knights got on the scoreboard first with a goal in the first half from Angelo DiFrancesco. He received a pass on the right side of the box. DiFrancesco took some time to settle himself and took a shot that was deflected by Hobart senior goalkeeper Charlie Hale, but the ball made it into the net for a 1-0 Clarkson lead.
The Statesmen tied the score 17 minutes into the second half, when the Golden Knights were whistled for a foul outside the penalty area and Hobart received a direct kick. Junior Alex Kittelberger stood over the ball and just rolled it over for senior Tommy Hayes, who ripped a shot past the Clarkson wall and Golden Knights’ goalkeeper Saverino Spagnolo.
It seemed overtime would be inevitable, but the Golden Knights caught a break late in the contest and ran off on a three-on-three break. Junior Bryan Malone gained possession on the left flank and sent a pass ahead to Tobin Boomer, who then hit the ball off the side of his foot and into the far corner of the goal with only 13.5 seconds remaining.
Clarkson out shot Hobart 13-10, but trailed in corner kick opportunities 4-2. Hale made seven saves for the Statesmen, while Spagnolo stopped two shots for Clarkson.
The Statesmen will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 30, when they travel to take on Skidmore in another Liberty League match at 4 p.m.