By JOHN CORYER Press-Republican
---- — PLATTSBURGH — This was more like it.
The Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team put together a solid 90 minutes Tuesday night in a 4-0 victory over Clarkson University in nonconference play at the Plattsburgh State Field House Soccer Complex.
“Maybe finally I can get a good night’s sleep,” Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury said.
“It was fun (Tuesday). Going in, the game could have gone one way or another. Getting the first goal was huge for us.”
Emily LaLone gave the Cardinals (2-5-1) the lead for good with a shot from straight on outside the box at 25:19.
Then, shortly after at 26:44, Diana DiCocco scored her first Plattsburgh goal with a shot off the post and in to make it 2-0 at the half.
Cammey Keyser picked up assists on both goals.
“We were trying to put their defense under pressure,” Waterbury said. “On our second goal, the ball deflected off the post and in. In previous games, the way our luck was going, it would have went off the post and stayed out
“It was nice to go into the half up 2-0. But I was still worried about us getting complacent, something we couldn’t afford to do. Clarkson came out hard in the second half, but we were able to survive it.”
DiCocco added her second goal of the game, with Ashley Pagano assisting, with 21:43 gone in the second half.
“All our goals were nice ones — they have a good keeper,” Waterbury said. “But our third goal was really nice. Ashley kept battling on the end line and crossed it to Diana in front.”
Pagano also assisted on Vicky Scott’s first Cardinal goal, which came from in front of the net with 33:13 gone in the second half.
Plattsburgh finished with a 12-6 shot advantage, with Kristy Kirkpatrick making one save in the Cardinal nets to record her first Plattsburgh shutout and Kim Kenline six stops for the Golden Knights (3-5).
“We moved Charisse (Abellard) on the field because she runs through stuff,” Waterbury said. “And Emily (LaLone) is always battling out there. So, with those two playing like that, it forces our other midfielders to play that way.
“I was very pleased with the team tonight. It was a nice way to go into our conference schedule, which are the most important games for us. This win was good for our confidence because it has been easy for us to get down with the way things have been going. We really needed this.
“We were able to get a shutout and also everyone on the team some playing time, even though some not a lot.”
The Cardinals begin SUNY Athletic Conference play with a 1 p.m. contest at Potsdam on Saturday.
Plattsburgh State 4, Clarkson 0
Clarkson 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh State 2 2 — 4
First half- 1, PSU, LaLone (Keyser), 25:19. 2, PSU, DiCocco (Keyser), 26:44.
Second half- 3, PSU, DiCocco (Pagano), 21:43. 4, PSU, Scott (Pagano), 33:13.
Shots: Plattsburgh State 12, Clarkson 6.
Saves: Kenline, C, 6. Kirkpatrick, PHS, 1.