PLATTSBURGH — There’s some frustration setting in for the Clinton Community College men’s soccer team.
Saturday, the Cougars played another solid game in a 2-1 setback to Hudson Valley Community College at the Plattsburgh State Field House Soccer Complex.
“I can’t complain about our players,” Clinton coach Gene Bushey said. “Hudson Valley has some really quick forwards and is probably a little quicker than we were.
“But I still felt we were fairly evenly matched and this was a tough loss. We’re a work in progress and we’re still trying to find a way to win. Games like this are frustrating for the players and coaches.”
It was a scoreless game until the Vikings tallied goals a little less than three minutes apart late in the first half.
Giacomo Giglio gave Hudson Valley the lead at the 39:00 mark and Manual Arauz added to it at 41:58.
“We came out hard and had some good scoring chances in the first half, one shot going off the post,” Bushey said. “But we give that one burst and then we settle in where we get into a comfort zone and relax. That’s when they scored their two goals.”
The Vikings were able to hold on to their 2-0 lead for much of the second half and nearly added to it a couple of times.
Clinton goaltender Adam Goldfarb made one great save to keep it a two-goal game and Hudson Valley had another shot bounce low off the post.
The Cougars then turned on some pressure of their own.
The game got interesting when Singa Barry scored on a header from in close at 39:14 to pull the Cougars to within one.
Clinton then applied even more pressure in the final minutes, creating chances off corner kicks and free kicks.
The Cougars, however, weren’t able to get the equalizer.
“We controlled all the play the final 10 minutes,” Bushey said. “We had all kinds of chances to score, but couldn’t find the back of the net. We have to start scoring in order to get over the hump we’re in.”
Goldfarb finished with 13 saves for the Cougars and Alec Volans 11 stops for Hudson Valley, which held an 18-15 shot advantage.
“Defensively, Kaleb Snide, Jake Morrow, Ryan Paiser and Marcus Lefebvre played well for us,” Bushey said. “Kyle McCarthy and Zach Brockway gave us strong play up front and Adam Goldfarb again kept us in it in goal.”
The Cougars (0-2-2) host North Country Community College at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.
Hudson Valley 2, Clinton 1
Hudson Valley 2 0 — 2
Clinton 0 1 — 1
First half- 1, HVCC, Giglio, 39:00. 2, HVCC, Arauz, 41:58.
Second half- 3, CCC, Barry, 39:14.
Shots: Hudson Valley 18, Clinton 15.
Saves: Volans, HVCC, 11. Goldfarb, CCC, 13.
North Country 2Broome 0
SARANAC LAKE — The Saints got off to a good start and held Broome Country Community College off the scoreboard all game.
“They had a long trip, so we knew we had to get out and start quick on them,” North Country Community College coach Adam DiVicenzo said. “Broome in the coaches poll was ranked top-5 in the region this week. We got two goals in the first 12 minutes, which was great.”
Justin Bergman scored just 1:20 into the game with an assist from Kane Morgan. Then Jaime Flores-Castellon tallied an unassisted goal at 11:29.
Drew Garnaut had four saves for North Coutnry (2-1-1).
“Garnaut played very well,” DiVincenzo said. “He had some big saves that helped us keep the shutout.”
Kevin Mack stopped six shots for Broome.
North Country 2, Broome 0
Broome 0 0 — 0
North Country 2 0 — 2
First half- 1, NC, Bergman (Morgan), 1:20. 2, NC, Flores-Castellon, 11:29.
Shots- Broome 13, North Country 18.
Saves- Mack, B, 6. Garnaut, NC, 4.
WOMENHUDSON VALLEY 1CLINTON 0
PLATTSBURGH — Playing with a short-handed roster, the Clinton Community College women’s soccer team kept Hudson Valley Community College off the scoreboard for nearly the entire regulation.
But Tiara Kruzinski’s goal with just 1:25 remaining gave the Vikings a 1-0 victory over the Cougars.
“All our players worked hard today,” Clinton coach Kaila Sciascia said. “We have 16 on the roster, but only 13 were able to play today. So we had only two subs and the girls gave it everything they had.
“Unfortunately, we ended up losing the game with less than two minutes to go in regulation.”
Bailey Morgan assisted on Krizinski’s game-winning goal.
“We were on the attack when they got possession of the ball and they scored the goal in transition,” Sciascia said. “They were able to get to the sideline and crossed the ball in front where she (Kruzinski) scored from six yards out. It was a good goal.”
The Vikings finished with an 18-8 advantage in shots on goal, with Emily Taplin recording the shutout with five saves. Courtney Backus turned away 13 shots in the Clinton nets.
“Hudson Valley is pretty good,” Sciascia said. “They had some key players who were fast and skilled. But we were able to keep up with them until near the end.”
“Kiley Wilkins played well for us at midfield, helping us keep possession and then distributing the ball and creating. Kenna Agoney played well on the side and Stephanie Whyte was able to create some opportunities for us.
“But all our players gave it their best.”
Hudson Valley 1, Clinton 0
Hudson Valley 0 1 — 1
Clinton 0 0 — 0
Second half- 1, HVCC, Kruzinski (Morgan), 43:35.
Shots: Hudson Valley 18, Clinton 8.
Saves: Taplin, HVCC, 5. Backus, CCC, 13.
BROOME 3NORTH COUNTRY 0
SARANAC LAKE — The Saints (4-2) got a good look at the No. 1-ranked team not only in the region but in the country.
“They were the most disciplined team I’ve ever seen,” North Country coach Kent Egglefield said.
“They outshot us, 18-2, in the first half. Once we settled down, we played with them in the second half, getting outshot by a 9-7 margin.”
Danielle Tyrrell, Kelsie Gooding and Kendra Zacharias tallied goals to stake the Hornets to a 3-0 halftime lead.
Ariel Roys was in net for the shutout with five saves and Emily Lapage stopped 10 shots for North Country.
Broome 3, North Country 0
Broome 3 0 — 3
North Country 0 0 — 0
First half- 1, BCC, Tyrrell (Simpson), 14:54. 2, BCC, Gooding (Kashou), 19:56. 3, BCC, Kashou (Zacharias), 40:15.
Shots: Broome 27, North Country 9.
Saves: Roys, BCC, 5. Lapage, NCCC, 10.