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September 15, 2013

Cardinal women fail to capitalize

NEWBURGH — Two goals scored less than four minutes apart early in the second half by Shanice Robe were too much for the Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team to overcome on Saturday.

Robe tallied goals at 4:40 and 8:15 to provide the margin of difference in Mount Saint Mary’s 2-1 win over the Cardinals in non-conference play.

“I think we went into the game taking them too lightly,” Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury said. “We played bits and pieces of good soccer, but didn’t do enough to win.

“They had a pretty good striker (Robe) and she got behind our defense twice. We weren’t able to do that to them.”

Following an uneventful first half, the Knights’ Vanessa DeSilvio sent a diagonal pass to the left side of the field and hit Robe in stride, who sent the ball inside the far post to give the hosts the lead for good.

Then, less than four minutes later, DeSilvio fed Robe with a vertical pass and her shot ticked off Plattsburgh goalkeeper Kristy Kirkpatrick and into the net.

The Cardinals (1-3-1) didn’t wait long to cut their deficit in half when Melissa Rodriquez scored less than two minutes later at 9:42. Devin McMahon got possession of the ball in the middle of the field and gave Rodriquez a pass on the right side. Rodriquez drilled a shot past Knights’ keeper Abigail McQuillen.

Plattsburgh pressed for the equalizer, but McQuillen made a couple of saves on Emily LaLone to preserve the victory.

“We have to bring more together,” Waterbury said. “Once again, it was too little, too late for us.

Jacquelyn Mancini (5) and McQuillen (2), who played the second half, combined for seven saves for Mount Saint Mary (1-3), which picked up its first win of the season.

Mount Saint Mary 2Plattsburgh State 1

Plattsburgh State 0 1 — 1

Mount Saint Mary 0 2 — 2

Second half- 1, MSMC, Robe (DiSilvio), 4:40. 2, MSMC, Robe (DiSilvio), 8:15. 3, PSU, Rodriquez (McMahon), 9:42.

Shots: Plattsburgh State 8. Mount Saint Mary 8.

Saves: Abellard (2), Kirkpatrick (4), PSU, 6. Mancini (5), McQuillen (2), MSMC, 7.

Charisse Abellard played the first half for the Cardinals and stopped two shots, while Kirkpatrick made four saves over the final 45 minutes.

The Cardinals continue their weekend road trip with a 1 p.m. contest at Vassar College today.

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