September 29, 2012

Overtime goal sends Cardinal women to loss

PLATTSBURGH — These are frustrating times for the Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team.

Stacey Wood’s goal with 3:25 gone in the first overtime Friday afternoon lifted Cortland State to a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals in SUNY Athletic Conference play at the Field House Soccer Complex.

The Red Dragons improved to 6-2-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while the Cardinals fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in the league.

Plattsburgh’s five losses this season have all come by 1-0 scores, with the first four being against non-conference competition.

“We’ve just got to do a better job in the attacking third,” said Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury. “I feel we’re playing well, but we need to have more focus in the attacking third and finish on our chances.

“It’s extremely frustrating.”

The game-winning goal came after the Red Dragons had a free kick from 30 yards out. The ball bounced around before going to Wood, who sent a shot into the left corner of the net.

“When you’re involved in a close game like this, everything has a purpose,” said Waterbury. “We had two opportunities to clear the ball before they scored. But instead of sending the ball wide to the outside, we kept it in the middle.

“We have to be able to clear the ball in that situation.”

Cortland held a big edge in territorial possession in the first half, but the scoring chances were limited.

“They controlled the first half and had the better of play, but we had a very good second half,” said Waterbury. “We were able to

create some good chances. We need to finish on those opportunities.”

Taylor Hudson recorded the shutout in net for the Red Dragons with four saves, including a couple key stops on Ashley McKenelley and Renee Egan.

Monica D’Ippolito finished with four stops for the Cardinals, who held an 11-8 advantage in shots. Both teams had one corner kick.

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