October 6, 2012

Cardinals fall to Hawks in women's soccer


---- — NEWBURGH — The Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team fell behind, 2-0, in the first half Friday and couldn’t recover in a 3-1 loss to New Paltz in SUNY Athletic Conference play at Mount Saint Mary College.

The game site was changed due to an unplayable field at New Paltz.

“I felt good going into the game because I knew we weren’t going to play on a muddy field,” said Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury. “It was a nice turf field and the surface played to our favor.”

The Cardinals, despite holding a 15-10 advantage in shots, dropped to 1-3 in the conference and 5-7 overall. The Hawks continued their success by improving to 3-1-1 in the SUNYAC and 9-2-1 overall.

“We need to create some better chances,” said Waterbury. “We need to create a little more space and get better opportunities. The next pass is needed and we have to get in deeper.”

New Paltz made the most of its chances in the opening half, scoring on its first two shots on goal.

With 15:41 gone, Samantha Abravanel scored off a corner kick with a shot into the top left corner to give the Hawks the lead for good.

Emily Rokitowski then made it 2-0 at the 23:37 mark when a New Paltz shot from the outside was re-directed into the net.

“We haven’t had problems defending corner kicks, but we did today,” said Waterbury. “We were awful on them. Their first two goals were off corner kicks.

“We had a 9-2 edge in shots when they had a 2-0 lead. And a negative was that we weren’t able to create any corner kicks. We didn’t attack the end line enough.”

The Cardinals got back into it when Cammey Keyser scored from in close with 6:08 gone in the second stanza. Ashley Pagano assisted.

“We did come back and got a nice goal,” said Waterbury. “Keyser battled somebody for the ball and was able to score.”

Plattsburgh then had a few more chances, but New Paltz buckled down defensively and held the Cardinals took only three shots — none on net — over the final 35 minutes of the contest.

The Hawks added an insurance goal with only 4:09 remaining in regulation when Shelby Kondelka took a pass on the left wing and found the net.

Stephanie Vega finished with four saves in the New Paltz nets and Danielle Schmitt made two saves for the Cardinals.

Plattsburgh is at Oneonta for a 1 p.m. contest today.

New Paltz 3, Plattsburgh 1

Plattsburgh 0 1 — 1

New Paltz 2 1 — 3

First half- 1, NP, Abravanel (Kondelka), 15:41. 2, NP, Rokitowski (Martino), 23:37.

Second half- 3, PSU, Keyser (Pagano), 6:08. 4, NP, Kondelka (Bowling), 40:51.

Shots: Plattsburgh 15, New Paltz 10.

Saves: Schmitt, PSU, 2. Vega, NP, 4.