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August 31, 2013

Cardinal women fall in season opener

NEW LONDON, N.H. — The Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team started slowly Friday and dropped a season-opening 2-0 decision to Colby-Sawyer in non-conference play.

Rachel Quaye gave the hosts the lead with 31:05 gone in the first half and Sarah Little took advantage of a Cardinal turnover to make it 2-0 with 6:30 gone in the second.

“We nearly scored early on, but ended up playing a poor first half,” Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury said. “We didn’t connect well, didn’t take care of the ball and played rattled.”

The Cardinals picked it up after intermission, but Colby-Sawyer would get the only goal in the second.

“We pushed the ball across the field and made a bad decision in doing so,” Waterbury said. “They’re a decent team and they took it to us at times.”

The hosts held a 12-6 advantage in shots on goal, with Karley Hamilton recording the shutout with four saves. Charisse Abellard made three stops for Plattsburgh.

“There were some positives in the game for us,” Waterbury said. “I thought we had more quality scoring chances, but didn’t finish on them.

“Diana (DiCocco) had our best chances and we need to start connecting with her. We watched a little too much and need to sort things out.”

DiCocco, a newcomer to the team, accounted for three of the Cardinals’ six shots and two of the four shots on goal.

The Cardinals continue their weekend road trip to begin the season with a 1 p.m. contest at Rivier College today.

Colby-Sawyer 2, Plattsburgh State 0

Plattsburgh 0 0 — 0

Colby-Sawyer 1 1 — 2

First half- 1, C-S, Quaye (Ekstrom), 31:05.

Second half- 2, C-S, Little, 6:30.

Shots: Colby-Sawyer 12, Plattsburgh 6.

Saves: Abellard, PSU, 3. Hamilton, C-S, 4.

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