PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College and Finger Lakes Community College men’s soccer teams have reason to be exhausted.
The two played to scoreless overtime ties the day before the Cougars lost to Cayuga Community College and the Lakers to North Country Community College in penalty kicks.
Sunday, the two teams went at it and played to another scoreless overtime draw, with Clinton C.C., prevailing, 4-3, in penalty kicks. The game officially goes into the books as a tie for the Cougars (0-1-2).
“Both teams were tired,” Clinton coach Gene Bushey said. “We had to work hard the day before against Cayuga and they had to do the same against North Country.
“But we started out slowly today and they had the better tempo in the first half. Both teams had some opportunities to score in the second half and they nearly won it with 1:30 left in regulation when they hit the post.”
The game remained scoreless through the two overtimes before Keon Jahanbakhsh, Marcus Lefebvre, Jake Morrow and Nate Noelting all made good on their penalty kicks after Finger Lakes goalkeeper Brian Arcara stopped the first Cougar shot.
“Noelting’s goal put us ahead and then Adam Goldfarb made a save on their final shooter,” Bushey said. “It was nice to feel like we won, even though the game officially counts as a tie.”
Both teams finished with 24 shots on goal. Goldfarb finished with 21 shots to record the shutout and Arcara made 16 saves for Finger Lakes.
“It was a good game to watch,” Bushey said. “Our guys never quit. But for the first 15 minutes of the game, Finger Lakes had us on our heels.
“Jared and Evan Nichols came off the bench for us at midfield and gave us some quality minutes. And Nate Noelting had one of his best games at Clinton.”
The Cougars return to action on Wednesday with a 5 p.m. contest at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
Clinton C.C. 0, Finger Lakes C.C. 0, OT
(Clinton wins, 4-3, in penalty kicks)
Finger Lakes C.C. 0 0 0 0 — 0
Clinton C.C. 0 0 0 0 — 0
Shots: Clinton C.C. 24, Finger Lakes C.C. 24.
Saves: Goldfarb, CCC, 21. Arcara, FLCC, 16.
WOMENFINGER LAKES C.C. 4CLINTON C.C. 0
PLATTSBURGH — After getting their first win of the season the day before, the Cougars (1-3) had a rough time of it against the Lakers.
Rachel Hefner and Brittany Maggio scored goals 42 seconds apart late in the first half to help give Finger Lakes C.C. its victory.
“We knew one of their forwards was a top scorer and we played defensively,” Clinton coach Kaila Sciascia said. “We marked her in the first half, but then we had a breakdown when they scored their first goal.
“Then, they scored right after that and it was the second or third time this season it has happened to us. We dug ourselves a deeper hole.”
Rachel Graves added a penalty kick midway through the second half and Amonie DiRoma finished off the Finger Lakes scoring with 14:44 remaining in the contest.
The Cougars were unable to get a shot on goal as Finger Lakes finished with a 31-0 shot advantage. Courtney Backus made 16 saves for Clinton.
“They were good and they possessed the ball well,” Sciascia said. “We got outplayed and chased the ball around. When we did get possession, we would give it right back to them.
“We’re not happy with the result, but we’ll continue to work at it.”
The Cougars are at Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Wednesday.
Finger Lakes C.C. 4, Clinton C.C. 0
Finger Lakes C.C. 2 2 — 4
Clinton C.C. 0 0 — 0
First half- 1, FLCC, Hefner (Seneziani), 32:18. 2, FLCC, Maggio (Hefner), 33:00.
Second half- 3, FLCC, Graves pk, 23:00. 4, FLCC, DiRoma (VonHahmann), 30:16.
Shots: Finger Lakes C.C. 31, Clinton C.C. 0.
Saves: Ogrodowski, FLCC, 0. Backus, CCC, 16.