September 20, 2013

Rodney Grimshaw comes through for Cougars

PLATTSBURGH — The Northeastern Clinton boys needed more than 79 minutes to find the back of the net Thursday.

But Rodney Grimshaw’s goal came just in time to win the game.

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Grimshaw capitalized on a header inside the 18-yard box with 21 seconds remaining in regulation as the Cougars defeated Plattsburgh High 1-0 in Northern Soccer League play.

“This is a tough one to lose,” Hornets coach Chris LaRose said. “We had numerous chances throughout the game to put one in, but our last touch pass was just off the mark. We were dangerous in their end all game long, but we just could not get that first goal.”

Jordan Birlotti’s direct kick, which led to Grimshaw’s goal, was the result of a foul that occurred in the waning seconds of the game.

“A Plattsburgh High-Northeastern Clinton game usually comes down to who can score that crucial first goal, and unfortunately for us, they did that with 21 seconds left,” LaRose said. “I was very pleased with our team effort (Thursday). That is why I feel so terrible for the boys. They left everything out there on the field. Northeastern Clinton created a break when they needed one.”

The Hornets held the advantage in shots on goal in the match 14-10.

Brady Vassar registered nine saves in net for Northeastern Clinton in the win. Mike Stetz totaled seven saves for Plattsburgh.

“Now, we need to buckle down and focus,” LaRose said. “I thought Northeastern Clinton as a whole played well. For us, I though J.D. Side had his best game of the young season. John Fine-Lease anchored the back well for us.”

Northeastern Clinton 1, Plattsburgh High 0

Northeastern Clinton 0 1 — 1

Plattsburgh High 0 0 — 0

Second half- 1, NCCS, Grimshaw (Birlotti), 39:39.

Shots: Plattsburgh High 14, Northeastern Clinton 10

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