October 5, 2012

Cougars come up short


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College women’s soccer team had a sense of urgency over the final 10 minutes of the game Thursday night.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, however, that was missing in the first 80 minutes of the contest.

Alicia Mink’s goal with just 31 seconds left in the first half gave Hudson Valley Community College a 1-0 victory at the Plattsburgh State Field House Soccer Complex.

“We were flat right from the beginning,” Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. “We never really got anything going.

“Then it was like a switch was turned on, and we had most of our scoring chances in the final 10 minutes. The girls got a sense of urgency, but we needed to have that earlier in the game.”

Clinton (6-5-2) had an opportunity to clear the ball but failed to do soon Mink’s game-winner.

“We made an error,” said Dixon. “They played a ball inside the 18, and we had a chance to clear it but didn’t. They were able to get a touch on it, and it went inside the far post. It was an ugly goal to give up.”

Shots on goal were nearly even with Hudson Valley holding a 12-11 advantage. Marla Ragonse was in net for the shutout with 10 saves, and Emily Schultz stopped nine shots for the Cougars.

It was the second victory this season for Hudson Valley over the Cougars, with the first being 2-0.

“They have a decent team, and they’ve gotten the best of us this year,” Dixon said. “We were coming off the big (1-1) tie with Mohawk Valley, and we can’t afford to overlook any teams. We have to bring our competitiveness to every game.”

The Cougars are now idle until hosting Jefferson Community College Oct. 13.

“We had a game that was cancelled, and this will give us an opportunity to get our injured players healthy,” Dixon said.

Hudson Valley 1, Clinton 0

Hudson Valley 1 0 — 1

Clinton 0 0 — 0

First half- 1, HV, Mink, 44:29.

Shots: Hudson Valley 12, Clinton 11.

Saves: Ragonse, HV, 10. Schultz, CCC, 9.