PLATTSBURGH — There are 27 players on the Plattsburgh State women’s soccer roster this season.
Twenty-two are either freshmen or sophomores.
“Youth doesn’t scare me — I’m excited about the new season,” Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury said. “There’s a lot of experience in the sophomore class. They’ve come back physically and mentally fit. And they will continue to grow.”
“We have some freshmen who will help us right across the board, but especially with the scoring.”
Waterbury enters her 24th season at Plattsburgh with a 273-140-30 career record. But following a 15-4-1 overall record and a 7-1-1 mark in SUNY Athletic Conference play, the Cardinals fell to 7-6-3 and 4-4-1 two years ago and 7-10-1, 2-6-1 a season ago.
“We had a lot of injuries two years ago and couldn’t find a way to win the 1-0 games last year,” Waterbury said. “But this is a new year. The sophomores are more mature, they get along well with one another and are working hard.”
Plattsburgh opens its season on the road this weekend with a 5 p.m. game at Colby-Sawyer today and a 1 p.m. contest against Rivier College the following day. The Cardinals need to be better offensively.
“We should be more dynamic up front,” Waterbury said.
Freshman Diana DiCocco will create opportunities, while Melissa Rodriquez, Devin McMahon and Cammey Keyser are back from last year. Freshman Vicky Scott will also be counted on.
“We’re a lot deeper than we were last year up front,” Waterbury said. “But we have to stay healthy.”
At midfield, the Cardinals will be led by senior Emily LaLone.
“Emily gives us good leadership, and we’re counting on that,” Waterbury said. “She is a leader by example.”
Sophomores Megan Colby and Cassidy Clavet are also key players in the midfield, along with freshmen Heather Marko and Ashlie Guinness.