November 6, 2012

PHS, AuSable enter soccer regionals

CHAZY — Fresh off a 2-1 win to claim the Section VII Class B championship, the Plattsburgh Hornets face Section X champion Potsdam in today’s regional matchup at 6 p.m. in Chazy.

Coming into the season, the Hornets had two goals: win the sectional championship and make it to the Final Four. Plattsburgh met the first goal after reeling off three postseason wins as the fourth-seeded team, including a comeback win against top-seeded Beekmantown in the semifinals.

“We’re obviously happy with what we’ve done so far,” Plattsburgh coach Tim Mulligan said. “The playoffs have been good for us. Coming into the postseason, our girls weren’t really happy with how the regular season went, but they flipped a switch and turned it on.”

Lack of a big regular-season win irked the Hornets entering the playoffs, Mulligan said. Plattsburgh finished with a 9-4-2 overall record, including a 5-0 start. The Hornets tied and lost both Beekmantown and Saranac and were swept by Northeastern Clinton. Division wins against Peru, AuSable Valley and Saranac Lake boosted morale, though.

“At the beginning of the playoffs, I reminded everyone that the postseason is a new season,” Mulligan said.

Despite winning just one of its final five regular-season games, Plattsburgh regrouped and knocked off Saranac Lake, Beekmantown and Saranac in the sectional playoffs. The Hornets outscored their playoff opponents 9-4, including a 4-1 win against Saranac Lake in the quarterfinals.

Marle Curle led the team with 10 regular-season goals and added three more in the playoffs, including a two-goal performance against Saranac Lake. Then in the semifinals, Madison Trombley netted two goals as the Hornets rallied for a 3-2 win. During the championship game, Brooke Knight registered two scores as the team rolled to a title.

“We have weapons and that helps us a lot,” Mulligan said. “Who knows? Maybe someone else will step up against Potsdam.”

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