Garrett J. Wood
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.”
After the break Plattsburgh would come out producing a ton of chances. At one point, Knight put her head on a looping cross and was just off the mark sending it over the net.
A few short minutes later, Knight would receive a through pass from Adrienne Nye, and after she took a few dribbles, Knight would send a low roller to the left corner of the net.
The chances kept coming for the Hornets.
Trombley used some nice footwork midway through the half to beat a couple Potsdam defenders and then fired a rocket at the goal, only to be denied by the keeper.
“I definitely like how we came out in the second half,” Mulligan said. “We didn’t give Potsdam any chances in the second half and that is how you finish a game to get the win.”
For the last goal of the game Plattsburgh’s Ashlee Carper sent a nice direct cross right at a patient Knight who harnessed it with her body and sent a hard strike to the back of the net to put the Hornets up 3-0.
“They’re (Plattsburgh) just too experienced for us at this point.” Potsdam coach Tom Magallin said. “Our team did well to get to this point; we were dealing with much more skilled players. Tim has a good team and good program, and that is why they do so well each year.”
The Hornets will have to use their experience and skill to get them past Schalmont to move on to the Final Four.
“Schalmont is undefeated this year and went undefeated last year to win the state championship.” Mulligan said. “All I have to go on is the fact that we are playing well.
“In the game of soccer anything can happen; I know and the girls know it’s going to take an upset. And the girls have the confidence to do so.”
Plattsburgh 3, Potsdam 0
Potsdam 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh 1 2 — 3
First half- 1, PHS, McLaughlin (Knight), 4:40.
Second half - 2, PHS, Knight (Nye), 4:52. 3, PHS, Knight (Carper), 15:30.
Shots: Plattsburgh 14. Potsdam 3.
Saves: Neale, PHS, 1. Tardelli, Pots, 7.