PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College men’s soccer coach Zac Eppler felt his team played one of its best games of the season Saturday night.
The Cougars lost, however.
Eugene Corcione scored with three minutes left in regulation and Jon Joyal added a goal with 14 seconds remaining as Hudson Valley Community College recorded a 2-0 victory at the Field House Soccer Complex.
“We possessed the ball probably 70 percent of the time,” said Eppler. “We played very well, even though I would have liked to have seen us do better on our scoring chances. But, it was probably one of our best games of the season.
“The result doesn’t show what kind of game it was.”
The Cougars had a goal called back in the first half and Jamie Davison hit the crossbar another time.
“Luck wasn’t on our side tonight,” said Eppler. “Their first goal was kind of a lucky one and we had pushed up when they scored their second.
“But we have to take advantage of our opportunities.”
The Cougars (9-5) finished with a 12-6 advantage in shots and Rich Acheson recorded the shutout with 12 saves. Travis Agoney stopped four shots for Clinton.
“Cory Farley and Keon Jahanbakhsh played very well for us on defense, Matt Leta, Ryan Lee and Kaleb Snide in the midfield and Jamie Davison up top,” said Eppler.
The Cougars host Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Field House Soccer Complex.
Hudson Valley 2, Clinton 0
Hudson Valley 0 2 — 2
Clinton 0 0 — 0
Second half- 1, HVCC, Corcione (Gruener), 42:00. 2, HVCC, Joyal (Arauz), 44:46.
Shots: Clinton 12, Hudson Valley 6.
Saves: Agoney, CCC, 4. Acheson, HVCC, 12.
North Country 1
SARANAC LAKE — Diarra Daouda and Kevin Feeley scored goals three minutes apart in the first half to help give Onondaga Community College a victory over North Country Community College.
Daouda opened the scoring at 31:21 and Keeley made it 2-0 at the 34:29 mark.
The visitors then upped their lead to 3-0 on Dave Firenze’s goal at 23:44 of the second half.
The Saints (7-5) avoided the shutout when Emerson Mentor tallied unassisted with 18:29 left in regulation.
Onondaga held a 7-4 shot advantages and Ty Downes made three saves in net for the win. Beau Standford stopped four shots for North Country.
Saints’ coach Adam diVincenzo wasn’t happy with the outcome.
“We didn’t play well,” he said. “I’m not impressed with the way we’ve been playing of late.”
North Country returns to action on Monday with a 4 p.m. home contest against Jefferson Community College.
Onondaga 3, North Country 1
Onondaga 2 1 — 3
North Country 0 1 — 1
First half- 1, OCC, Daouda, 31:21. 2, OCC, Keeley, 34:29.
Second half- 3, OCC, Firenze (Keeley), 23:44. 4, NCCC, Mentor, 26:31.
Shots: Onondaga 7, North Country 4.
Saves: Downes, OCC, 3. Standford, NCCC, 4.