PLATTSBURGH — North Country Community College came out of the gates fast Wednesday and Clinton Community College spent the rest of the game playing catch-up.
The Saints scored two goals in the first 8:20 of the game and held off a comeback bid from the Cougars for a 4-3 victory in men’s junior college soccer.
“The first 10 minutes belonged to North Country,” Clinton coach Gene Bushey said. “We settled in during the rest of the half.
“The defensive lapse in the first half put us down 2-0 and we fought back to tie it up, but we played catch-up the whole game.”
Winterson Joesph scored an unassisted goal at the 4:03 mark of the first half to give the Saints an early 1-0 lead. Jaime Flores-Castellon found the back of the net on an assist from Kane Morgan to make it a two-goal lead early on.
But, there was no quit in the Cougars.
Kyle McCarthy pulled Clinton (0-3-2) to within one on an assist from Daniel Escobar at the 18:2 mark of the first half. Then, McCarthy tied the game at two just over a minute later.
“We played very well,” Bushey said. “I was satisfied with the second half of the first half.”
Joseph netted his second goal of the game to start the second half, but Clinton answered right back with a goal from Matt Follett.
John O’Sullivan, though, sent in the game-winner at the 12:11 mark of the second half. Justin Kellett picked up the assist.
“We just couldn’t capitalize on their mistakes,” Bushey said. “(North Country) played well and it was a good game to watch. Both teams are very compatible … it could have gone either way.
“It was a good game, but it was a tough game to play when you’re playing catch-up.”