CHAZY — The Plattsburgh High girls’ soccer team’s season came to an end Saturday as it was outscored by Schalmont 3-0 in NYSPHSAA Class B playoff action.
The Hornets (13-5-2) played controlled soccer in the first half compiling several opportunities to put the ball in the net. In the first 10 minutes of the game they had taken five corner kicks.
“Five corners in the first ten minutes is a coach’s dream.” Plattsburgh coach Tim Mulligan said. “We did more than just hang with them in the first half.”
“They (Schalmont) were too nervous and tight,” Schalmont coach Angelo Caschera said. “If we don’t score right away, like we usually do, we get really nervous.”
The Sabres (21-0-0) had a chance to score when Rachael Gac dribble through some Plattsburgh defenders creating a one-on-one opportunity that was thwarted by Hornet keeper Karlie Neale.
Neale was tested again a few minutes later when both Allie Gallo and Rachael Gac each ripped a hard shot toward the Plattsburgh net only to be denied.
Plattsburgh did a good job clearing the ball in the first half as well. On several occasions the ball would be batted around the six-yard box as Schalmont tried to put it in goal, but Cierra Duquette, Kaylia Carper, Molly LeClair and the rest of the defense stood strong.
Senior Marle Curle did all she could to produce some chances to score. At 28 minutes into the game, Curle dribbled past some defenders and rifled a shot toward the net. At the 34 minute mark Brooke Knight used her footwork to split the defense and sent a pass to Curle for another shot.
Schalmont came out in the second half looking like a totally different team and took over control of possession.
“I have to give Schalmont a lot of credit the way they came out in the second half,” Mulligan said. “They put on a lot of pressure, and to my girls credit, they withstood a lot of that pressure.”