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November 7, 2012

Hornets roll past Sandstoners in Class B

CHAZY — The freezing temperatures didn’t hold back Plattsburgh High School as it dominated possession and grabbed the 3-0 win over Potsdam in NYSPHSAA regional action Tuesday in Chazy.

Plattsburgh will now face Schalmont from Section II on Saturday with the time to still be determined.

It did not take long for the Hornets to tally their first goal with a score less than five minutes into the game.

Brooke Knight took the ball up the field and passed a high cross into the box where Hailey McLaughlin controlled it with a touch and then ripped a shot to the back of the net.

“We have been working on our finishing a lot,” McLaughlin said. “And I guess it has paid off because we have made it this far.”

As much as the finishing worked against Potsdam, there were still several missed opportunities that could have blown the score wide open.

Plattsburgh had nine corner kicks with many of them skating through the box untouched by both teams. The Hornets just couldn’t capitalize on several quality corners from Madison Trombley.

“It’s frustrating,” Plattsburgh coach Tim Mulligan said. “We just have to keep looking to create those opportunities. The more we create, the more dangerous we will be.”

With most of the play located in Potsdam’s territory, the Sandstoners had a glimmer of hope when Savanah Aidun put the moves on Cierra Duquette, but Duquette hustled back to make a nice sliding tackle to end the short run by Potsdam.

The Hornets would end the first half outshooting the Sandstoners 7-1 while also kicking five corners to Potsdam’s one.

“At halftime, only being up 1-0, I was somewhat upset that we didn’t capitalize in the first half on some of the chances we had.” Mulligan said. “We are certainly going to have to take advantage of those opportunities, if they come, in the next round.”

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