October 12, 2013

Cardinals, Red Dragons battle to tie

PLATTSBURGH — Sometimes, a tie isn’t so bad.

The Plattsburgh State women’ soccer team gave SUNY Athletic Conference power Oneonta everything it wanted Friday afternoon in a scoreless overtime tie at the Field House Soccer Complex.

“I wanted the win,” Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury said. “Especially after we outshot them, 8-1, in overtime.

“But it was a good tie. It was a great team effort and we’re getting there.”

The Cardinals (3-7-2, 1-2-1) held a 23-13 advantage in shots over the Red Dragons (5-3-3, 2-0-3), who are still unbeaten in the conference despite three ties. Plattsburgh also had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.

Plattsburgh had its opportunities in regulation, taking five of its corner kicks during that time.

Oneonta held a 6-5 shot advantage in the first half, but Plattsburgh outshot the Red Dragons by a 10-6 margin over the final 45 minutes of regulation before holding the edge in the two 10-minute overtimes.

The Cardinals’ best scoring chance in overtime came in the second extra session when Melissa Rodriquez got free in close. But as soon as she was able to get the shot off, one of the Red Dragons’ defenders deflected the ball away.

“For sure, the game was definitely a step in the right direction for us,” Waterbury said. “We competed, we created chances and we stood tall defensively.”

Kristy Kirkpatrick recorded three saves in the Plattsburgh nets and Rori Stark stopped eight shots for Oneonta as both recorded shutouts.

Plattsburgh defender Hannah Saccocio also made a save in the second half when Oneonta’ Karly DeSimone sent the ball towards the net with Kirkpatrick away from the goal. Saccocio, however, was there to send the ball out of harm’s way.

“We did some things well (Friday) and we stepped up to the occasion,” Waterbury said. “I would still like us, however, to show more composure in the attacking third and be more confident. Oneonta did block a lot of shots.

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