POTSDAM —The Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team scored just 3:01 into Saturday’s SUNY Athletic Conference opener at Potsdam.
And despite some opportunities to add to their lead, the Cardinals (3-5-1, 1-0-0) settled for a 1-0 victory.
“Absolutely, it was nice to get a win in our first conference game of the year and also a shutout,” Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury said.
“At times, we looked good (Saturday). At times, we didn’t look as good. It could have been a 4-0 game — we just needed to get that second goal.”
Lauren Gonyea scored the game-winning goal, with Diana DiCocco getting the assist. Gonyea was moved from defender to up front to help create some offense.
DiCocco got the ball to Gonyea on the left side of the net and the senior fired a shot off the hands of Potsdam keeper Michaela Cole and into the net.
“Lauren did a good job up front and got a very nice pass from Diana,” Waterbury said.
Plattsburgh nearly added to its lead 30 minutes into the half when Maddy Trombley sent a shot off the crossbar following a Cardinal corner kick.
“It was that close to us getting a two-goal lead,” Waterbury said.
The Bears (3-5-1, 0-1-0) tried to get even and Hailey Hollenbeck had a shot on goal with 1:09 left in regulation that Plattsburgh keeper Kristy Kirkpatrick corralled.
Plattsburgh held a 21-4 advantage in shots and an 8-1 edge in corner kicks.
Kirkpatrick finished with two saves to record her second-consecutive shutout and Cole stopped eight shots for Potsdam.
“Charisse (Abellard) was dangerous on her throw-ins and Emily LaLone played a strong game at center midfield,” Waterbury said.
“But I would have liked to have seen us do a better job on our crosses and corner kicks. We need to do a better job on the quality of our crosses and battle a little harder on the corner kicks.
“I felt that if we would have scored the second goal, it would have made it easier on us. But we’ll take the win.”
The Cardinals return to the road this coming weekend for conference games at Oswego and Cortland.
“There are no easy weekends in conference play, especially on the road,” Waterbury said. “It was a little easier this week because we had just the one game.
“I was feeling a little better after our game (against Clarkson) on Tuesday because everything clicked for us. But, after today, we’re still looking to get a little more out of a couple of spots.”
Plattsburgh 1, Potsdam 0
Plattsburgh 1 0 — 1
Potsdam 0 0 — 0
First half- 1, PSU, Gonyea (DiCocco), 3:01.
Shots: Plattsburgh 21, Potsdam 4.
Saves: Kirkpatrick, PSU, 2. Cole, Pots, 8.