SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — During itsr spring break week, the Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team has been on a team trip to the Central American nation of Costa Rica. The Cardinals have played a pair of matches against teams from the nation and have engaged in numerous team-building and community service exercises as well.
On Sunday, the team toured San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, before engaging in their first game of the trip against Codea Alajuela. Plattsburgh State dropped a 2-1 decision to the squad, which is also affiliated with the men’s professional team of the same name.
The only goal for the Cardinals came in the first half when Melissa Rodriguez sent a corner kick toward Cassidy Clavet who beat the Codea Alajuela keeper to put Plattsburgh State up 1-0 in the opening half. After the game, Rodriguez was chosen as the MVP of Plattsburgh State’s squad by the opposing coach.
The following day, the team went to a local children’s center to play soccer with under-privileged youths. The Cardinals donated $436 dollars to the center as well as toys and books.
Tuesday saw the Cardinals engage in their second match of the trip, this time against San Carlos. Trailing 1-0 headed to the second half, Plattsburgh State netted three goals in the final 45 minutes to pick up the 3-1 victory.
Devin McMahon knotted matters at one thanks to a nice pass from Emily LaLone before McMahon found Kristie Pageau who put the Cardinals up 2-1. Christen Averill netted the final goal of the game and was assisted by Rodriguez. Megan Colby was chosen by the San Carlos coach as the Plattsburgh State MVP.
To keep up with the Cardinals during the rest of their Costa Rica trip, check out the team blog and follow the women’s soccer team on Twitter.