Press-Republican

October 12, 2013

Cardinals, Red Dragons battle to tie

By JOHN CORYER Press-Republican
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Sometimes, a tie isn’t so bad.

The Plattsburgh State women’ soccer team gave SUNY Athletic Conference power Oneonta everything it wanted Friday afternoon in a scoreless overtime tie at the Field House Soccer Complex.

“I wanted the win,” Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury said. “Especially after we outshot them, 8-1, in overtime.

“But it was a good tie. It was a great team effort and we’re getting there.”

The Cardinals (3-7-2, 1-2-1) held a 23-13 advantage in shots over the Red Dragons (5-3-3, 2-0-3), who are still unbeaten in the conference despite three ties. Plattsburgh also had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.

Plattsburgh had its opportunities in regulation, taking five of its corner kicks during that time.

Oneonta held a 6-5 shot advantage in the first half, but Plattsburgh outshot the Red Dragons by a 10-6 margin over the final 45 minutes of regulation before holding the edge in the two 10-minute overtimes.

The Cardinals’ best scoring chance in overtime came in the second extra session when Melissa Rodriquez got free in close. But as soon as she was able to get the shot off, one of the Red Dragons’ defenders deflected the ball away.

“For sure, the game was definitely a step in the right direction for us,” Waterbury said. “We competed, we created chances and we stood tall defensively.”

Kristy Kirkpatrick recorded three saves in the Plattsburgh nets and Rori Stark stopped eight shots for Oneonta as both recorded shutouts.

Plattsburgh defender Hannah Saccocio also made a save in the second half when Oneonta’ Karly DeSimone sent the ball towards the net with Kirkpatrick away from the goal. Saccocio, however, was there to send the ball out of harm’s way.

“We did some things well (Friday) and we stepped up to the occasion,” Waterbury said. “I would still like us, however, to show more composure in the attacking third and be more confident. Oneonta did block a lot of shots.

“Defensively, we did well. Both teams had some scoring chances and the game opened up.”

A penalty kick shootout, which is used to break any tie-breakers at the end of the regular season, was held following the regulation contest.

Plattsburgh emerged with a 5-4 win. Saccocio, Ashley Pagano, Megan Colby, Charisse Abellard and Lauren Gonyea all scored for the Cardinals, with Gonyea’s goal being the decider.

Amanda Regensburg, Melissa Guglielmo, former Chazy Central School standout Caitlyn LaPier and DeSimone countered for Oneonta.

Kirkpatrick made a save on Liz Lasota, the Red Dragons’ second shooter, to provide the margin of difference in the shootout.

“Kristy was able to make a save on one of the penalty kicks and that was a feel good save for her,” Waterbury said.

“And all five of our shooters were able to score, including Megan Colby who was injured during the game. Her going out there was an inspiration for us.”

The Cardinals will look to make it a successful weekend today when they host New Paltz at 1 p.m. The Hawks dropped a 1-0 overtime decision at Potsdam on Friday.

“Every game in the conference is exciting,” Waterbury said. “We want to take care of our turf.”

Oneonta 0, Plattsburgh 0 (OT)

Oneonta 0 0 0 0 — 0

Plattsburgh 0 0 0 0 — 0

Shots: Plattsburgh 23, Oneonta 15.

Saves: Stark, One, 8. Kirkpatrick, PSU, 3.