By JOHN CORYER
---- — PLATTSBURGH — When Macee Maddock found the back of the net late in the first half Saturday, there was a sense of relief for the Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team.
Maddock, Marcelle Schepisi and Taylor Florio tallied goals as the Cardinals (5-4, 1-0) opened their SUNY Athletic Conference season with a 3-0 victory over Potsdam at the Field House Soccer Complex.
“It was nice to get that goal,” said Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury.
Maddock’s goal ended a long stretch of frustration for the tough-luck Cardinals, who had dropped their previous four non-conference games by 1-0 scores against some quality competition. Plattsburgh went 437 minutes between goals.
“We needed a win for our confidence,” said Waterbury. “Mentally, it was good for us because it’s going to be a dogfight in the conference.”
Olivia Hopeck assisted on Maddock’s goal, which came with just 1:56 remaining in the first half. Maddock’s shot came from 30 yards out and sailed over the head of Potsdam keeper Jaime Durant and into the net.
“She bombed one in,” said Waterbury. “It was nice to see Macee get her first-career goal.”
Schepisi and Florio then added their first Plattsburgh goals in the second half.
Schepisi tallied off a rebound of a Kristie Pageau shot 5:14 into the second and Florio’s goal came off a corner kick at 30:01.
“Kristie took a good, hard shot on net and the rebound went to Marcelle,” said Waterbury. “We moved Marcelle up front. And, Taylor’s goal came when she bent a corner kick into the net.”
The Cardinals held a 20-5 advantage in shots, including a 13-2 edge in the second half. Monica D’Ippolito (2) and Danielle Schmitt (0) combined for two saves in net for Plattsburgh, with D’Ippolito in goal for the first 78 minutes.
Jaime Durant turned aside 11 shots for the Bears (2-6, 0-1).
“At times, I was pleased with the way we played,” said Waterbury. “We did clean some things up today and were able to get a shutout.
“And, it was nice to see a few different kids get on the scoreboard.”
The Cardinals remain home and will take on Cortland in their next game on Friday at 4 p.m.
Plattsburgh 3, Potsdam 0
Potsdam 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh 1 2 — 3
- 1, PSU, Maddock (Hopeck), 43:04.
2, PSU, Schepisi (Pageau), 5:46. 3, PSU. Florio, 30:01.
Plattsburgh 20, Potsdam 5.
Saves: Durant, Pots, 11. D’Ippolito (2), Schmitt (0), PSU, 2.