PLATTSBURGH — Sometimes a tie can be a good thing.
Charisse Abellard’s direct kick with just 14 seconds left in regulation Saturday gave the Clinton Community College women’s soccer team a 1-all overtime tie with Mohawk Valley Community College at the Field House Soccer Complex.
“They are the No. 3 team in the country and No. 3 in our region,” said Clinton coach Donna Dixon. “They have a very high-powered offense, averaging five goals a game.
“We got more confident the longer we stayed in the game. We came out in the second half and played real well, not giving them a lot of opportunities. They outshot us, but weren’t that dangerous.”
The Hawks, following a scoreless first half, opened the scoring with 20:39 gone in the second stanza on Megan Carlo’s goal.
But Kenna Agoney was taken down later on and the Cougars were awarded a direct kick. Abellard made it count.
“Charisse made a great shot — she has a great leg and sent the ball inside the far post,” said Dixon.
Neither team scored in overtime.
“We had our opportunities in the overtimes,” said Dixon. “But, for us to get a tie was a huge victory for us considering how good they are. It was a gutsy, gutsy performance. The girls went out and did what they needed to do. I’m very proud of them.”
Mohawk Valley finished with a 25-17 shot advantage. Emily Schultz made 21 saves in net for the Cougars and Vanessa Jecko 12 stops for the Hawks.
“Emily came out and played her best game of the year,” said Dixon. “She intercepted a lot of balls.
“Collectively, it was one of our best games and there was no quit in these girls. They knew we had to tie or win one of our last two regional games and they fought to the end as you can tell.”