September 11, 2013

McLauglin lifts Hornets over Patriots

CLINTONVILLE — With the game tied 1-1 and less than 12 minutes to play in the second half, all Hailey McLaughlin needed was a seam. 

It’s safe to say the Plattsburgh High midfielder found one, if nothing else.

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Chipping in a direct kick from 39 yards out, McLaughlin’s game-winning goal helped the Hornets knock off AuSable Valley in come-from-behind fashion in girls’ Northern Soccer League play Tuesday, 2-1.

“I’ve been playing soccer my whole life, so kicking a ball is kind of my specialty,” McLaughlin said. “I know how to place balls, so I used it to my advantage because no one was paying attention. I saw the goalkeeper was off her line, so I thought if I could just get it over her head, it’d be good.”

Plattsburgh High didn’t get off to the start it was looking for, though.

After two point-blank opportunities in the early going, Patriots forward Taylor Saltus opened the game’s scoring on a breakaway chance at 8:15 of the first half. Jeanna Manning was credited with the assist on the play.

AuSable Valley maintained a 1-0 lead going into halftime, owning a significant differential on time on attack, while leading shots on goal 6-5.

“I think we all stepped up as a team and decided that in the first half, we just let AuSable do a little bit too much with the ball,” Hornets coach Tim Mulligan said. “At halftime, I talked about pressuring the ball and creating some opportunities as a result of good defense.

“We were playing very direct, and we weren’t showing a lot of emotion. So I just decided that if we were going to be conservative, we were going to get some bodies up front. Everyone started stepping up, and it carried over with the forwards being relentless.”

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