After two frustrating draws in the last week, the Carleton Knights finally secured a third win of the season against the Aurora University Spartans on Saturday at Bell Field. Senior captain Will Corcoran, just as he did the last time these two programs played each other in 2011, slipped his shot underneath a diving Spartan goalkeeper to score the game’s only goal.
Despite a scoreless first half, the Knights were dominant in the opening half, registering eleven shots to Aurora’s three, while also earning six corner kicks throughout the half. The Knights kept the Spartan backline on their heels for most of the half, with forwards Peter Passalino and Branden McGarrity finding many occasions to run past the Aurora defense. However, the chance to be clinical and put away these chances evaded the Knights, and the Spartans were able to endure wave after wave of Carleton attacking play through halftime with the game remaining knotted at zero.
However, it only took Carleton ten minutes after the restart to take the lead in the match. Corcoran and sophomore midfielder Sam Hayward did a quick give-and-go on the left side of the box, and Corcoran was able to shake off a couple of Spartan defenders and slot his shot under the diving goalkeeper to give Carleton the one goal lead. Aurora had the better of the play after the Carleton goal, but the Knights’ defense held firm to secure the shutout, their third of the season. Junior goalkeeper Keenan Smith recorded the shutout for the Knights.
MIAC play begins on Wednesday for Carleton, and it begins with a bang as the co-champions Gustavus Adolphus come to Northfield. The Knights defeated the Gusties 3-0 during the regular season, but Gustavus got the last laugh by winning the MIAC playoff final in a penalty shootout. Game starts at 4:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon, with video streaming provided by Knights Online.