PLATTSBURGH — There’s some frustration setting in for the Clinton Community College men’s soccer team.
Saturday, the Cougars played another solid game in a 2-1 setback to Hudson Valley Community College at the Plattsburgh State Field House Soccer Complex.
“I can’t complain about our players,” Clinton coach Gene Bushey said. “Hudson Valley has some really quick forwards and is probably a little quicker than we were.
“But I still felt we were fairly evenly matched and this was a tough loss. We’re a work in progress and we’re still trying to find a way to win. Games like this are frustrating for the players and coaches.”
It was a scoreless game until the Vikings tallied goals a little less than three minutes apart late in the first half.
Giacomo Giglio gave Hudson Valley the lead at the 39:00 mark and Manual Arauz added to it at 41:58.
“We came out hard and had some good scoring chances in the first half, one shot going off the post,” Bushey said. “But we give that one burst and then we settle in where we get into a comfort zone and relax. That’s when they scored their two goals.”
The Vikings were able to hold on to their 2-0 lead for much of the second half and nearly added to it a couple of times.
Clinton goaltender Adam Goldfarb made one great save to keep it a two-goal game and Hudson Valley had another shot bounce low off the post.
The Cougars then turned on some pressure of their own.
The game got interesting when Singa Barry scored on a header from in close at 39:14 to pull the Cougars to within one.
Clinton then applied even more pressure in the final minutes, creating chances off corner kicks and free kicks.
The Cougars, however, weren’t able to get the equalizer.