---- — WATERTOWN — Wins have been hard to come by for the Clinton Community College men’s soccer team this season.
The Cougars, however, put one in the win column Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 victory at Jefferson Community College.
“I’m happy for the guys,” Clinton coach Gene Bushey said. “They’ve been working so hard in a lot of games, only not to win.
“They now know they can win. We have to be able to put the ball in the back of the net and today we did it twice.”
Following a scoreless first half, Zach Brockway gave the Cougars the lead at the 8:26 mark of the second half, with Kyle McCarthy assisting.
Then, with 9:17 remaining in the contest, McCarthy made it 2-0 with the assists going to Daniel Escobar.
“It was a pretty much evenly-played first half,” Bushey said. “We were kind of conservative, even though we were possessing the ball well. All we lacked was going out and getting some goals.”
Clinton held a 25-8 shot advantage and Adam Goldfarb made four saves to record the shutout.
“Once we got the first goal, we started dominating the game,” Bushey said.
“Goldfarb did make two great saves near the end to preserve the shutout. Our defense of Eddie Blow, Ryan Paiser, Marcus Lefebvre and Keon Jahanbakhsh was outstanding. Lefebvre was all over the place.
“We were able to get the monkey off our back today.”
The Cougars have a 1 p.m. home game today against SUNY Delhi at the Plattsburgh State Field House Soccer Complex.
Clinton C.C. 2, Jefferson C.C. 0
Clinton C.C. 0 2 — 2
Jefferson C.C. 0 0 — 0
Second half- 1, CCC, Brockway (McCarthy), 8:26. 2, CCC, McCarthy (Escobar), 35:43.
Shots: Clinton C.C. 25, Jefferson C.C. 8.
Saves: Goldfarb, CCC, 4. McKain, JCC, 9.
WOMENJEFFERSON C.C. 1, CLINTON C.C. 0
WATERTOWN — Samantha Alteri’s goal 4:51 into the second half was the margin of difference as Jefferson edged Clinton.
Alteri took a cross from Destiny Hull on the game-winning goal.
“Both teams had only 12 players and we were evenly matched,” Clinton assistant coach Gena Rosenbaum said. “I told the girls that the first goal scored would likely decide the outcome. Unfortunately, we didn’t score it.”
Kate Gehrke recorded the shutout in net for the Cannoneers with 21 saves and Courtney Backus made 14 stops for the Cougars.
“We played pretty hard the entire game and put some pressure on,” Rosenbaum said. “But we didn’t finish and we had some unlucky attempts. We made some adjustments from our previous game that seemed to help.”
Rosenbaum credited Amanda Riggs, Stephanie Whyte and Shannon Bombard for having strong games for Clinton.
“Riggs and Whyte pressured their backs up top and helped create scoring chances, while Bombard played well in the back for us,” Rosenbaum said.
The Cougars return home to play SUNY Delhi today at 3:30 p.m.
Jefferson C.C. 1, Clinton C.C. 0
Clinton C.C. 0 0 — 0
Jefferson C.C. 0 1 — 1
Second half- 1, JCC, Alteri (Hull), 4:51.
Shots: Clinton C.C. 29, Jefferson C.C. 17
Saves: Backus, CCC, 14. Gehrke, JCC, 21.