---- — PAUL SMITHS — The Clinton Community College women’s soccer team got all it could handle from Nicole Landry Tuesday.
The sophomore from Mohawk netted three first-half goals in Paul Smith’s 3-0 defeat of the Cougars (0-2).
Landry received a one-time feed from Jennifer Magude and opened scoring 12:30 into the match, giving the Bobcats (3-0) a 1-0 advantage.
“We actually came out really strong, then we had one letdown on the backline, and they took advantage,” Clinton first-year coach Kaila Sciascia said. “They capitalized on that opportunity and finished. We tried to stay positive.”
Then, just 46 seconds later, Landry registered her second consecutive tally to extend the differential to two goals.
“I think we were still caught up and thinking about the last goal,” Sciascia said. “They played it in behind the line. Landry had really good speed on her. Once she got past the backline, she crept in there and put another one in.”
After Landry blasted her hat-trick goal with less than five minutes remaining in the first half, Sciascia made significant adjustments at halftime.
“Moving into the second half, we just stressed the importance of staying together on the backline and communicating,” Sciascia said. “We fixed most of that right away, which is why we prevented them from scoring again. Unfortunately, we just weren’t able to finish on scoring chances.”
Courtney Backus had a busy night between the pipes for the Cougars, facing 27 shots on net and accumulating 21 saves.
However, her ability to make timely saves kept Clinton in the match.
“She made some big-time saves for us to keep it, 3-0,” Sciascia said. “She kept our confidence up a little bit as a whole. Once you get scored on three times, it’s tough to keep your team in the game. She got our girls motivated to clear the ball out of the box.”
Despite falling to 0-2, Sciascia said the Cougars have improved tremendously since the start of the season.
“Even though we lost our home opener 5-0 and dropped our second straight game, I saw a world of difference in our play (Tuesday),” Sciascia said. “I don’t think the score reflected how we played in terms of moving the ball. It’s not completely discouraging. We’re excited to bet back to it on Saturday.”
Clinton plays host to Cayuga Community College at Plattsburgh High School for 2 p.m. Saturday before challenging Finger Lakes Community College at the Plattsburgh State Field House Soccer/Lacrosse Complex for noon Sunday.
Paul Smith’s 3, Clinton County 0
Clinton 0 0 — 0
Paul Smith’s 3 0 — 0
First half- 1, PS, Landry (Magude), 12:30. 2, PS, Landry, 13:16. 3, PS, Landry, 41:11.
Shots: Paul Smith’s 27, Clinton 8.
Saves: Paul Smith’s, 8. Backus, CCC, 21.