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October 25, 2012

Cardinal women end season on high note

PLATTSBURGH — The 2012 season didn’t go the way the Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team would have liked.

The Cardinals, however, ended their campaign on a positive note Wednesday with a 5-1 non-conference victory over Norwich University at the Field House Soccer Complex.

Senior Kristie Pageau led the way with two goals as the Cardinals finished with a 7-10-1 overall record.

“We played well all year,” said Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury. “We just couldn’t finish when we needed to.

“But it was a good win to end the season. We got different people scoring and some of them got their first goals of the year.”

Six Cardinals recorded at least one point for Plattsburgh, which held a 2-0 lead at the half.

Receiving just her second start of the year, freshman striker Melissa Rodriguez required a little less than seven minutes to give the Cardinals a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Rodriquez corralled a loose ball just inside the box and fired a hard shot past Allison Hull for the first goal of her collegiate career.

Plattsburgh had little trouble controlling the pace of the game, limiting the Cadets to just two shots in the first 45 minutes of play. Although she didn’t start, Kristie Pageau made her presence known in a big way throughout the course of the contest.

Pageau took a pass from fellow senior Ashley McKenelley and sent a rocket past Hull to extend the Plattsburgh lead to 2-0 at the 37:55 mark. Pageau’s shot was just one of 14 taken in the first half by the Cardinals.

Norwich (5-9-3) cut the Plattsburgh State lead in half midway through the 76th minute when Brittany Casey emerged alone and unguarded after winning a battle for a ball. Casey pumped in her 12th goal of the season, and the 60th of her career which was good to take a seat atop the Norwich record book in terms of career goals.

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