WATERTOWN — Jordhan Varin and Ben Rulffes scored in the first half as the Clinton Community College men's soccer team held off Jefferson Community College, 2-0, Saturday.
The Cougars (3-10-1) are unbeaten in their last four games. Jefferson, meanwhile, was denied the win it needed to make the regional playoffs.
"We got the half we wanted in the first half," Clinton CC coach Zac Eppler said, adding that it was windy and rainy. "We came out, pressured them and shot the ball like we're supposed to. The wind definitely helped in first half, but when we started playing the second half, they were all over us.
"The wind was against us, and they had more of the possession in the second half. And we were still able to hold them off and create opportunities for ourselves."
Varin ripped a shot from about 30 yards out that found the left corner of the net 13 minutes into the game. Rulffes made it 2-0 off a direct kick 13 minutes before halftime.
Travis Agoney made four saves for the Cougars, who held a 6-4 advantage in shots.
Eppler said Rulffes, Ben Smith and Mike Welch were solid defensively, and Varin had a strong game up top.
"At this point, I think our guys are starting to click and work together," Eppler said. "They know what other players are going to do; they're talking. You could see that (Saturday).
The Cougars will wrap up the season Tuesday when they host Word of Life.
Clinton 2, Jefferson 0
Clinton 1 1 — 2
Jefferson 0 0 — 0
First half- 1, CCC, Varin, 13:00. 2, CCC, Rulffes, 32:00.
Shots- Clinton 6, Jefferson 4.
Saves- Agoney, CCC, 4. Clark, JCC, 4.
Women Jefferson C.C. 4 Clinton C.C. 0
WATERTOWN — The Cougars played a strong first half, but things began to unravel in the second as they fell to the Cannoneers.
Briana Guarino scored three goals in the game to lead the way for Jefferson Community College. Morgan Kiernan also tallied a goal for the Cannoneers.
"It was wet, cold, rainy and windy," Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. "Jefferson played really well though. We had some opportunities early, but didn't finish.
"I felt it was even in the first half even though they got a goal. We came out flat in the second and when they scored it really took the wind out of us."
Amber Dibble captured the shutout victory in net for Jefferson with 10 saves. Emily Schultz stopped 15 shots in goal for the Cougars in a losing effort.
"We didn't play great," Dixon said." Even with the weather you still have to bring it. We were able to carry the ball a little bit, but we just couldn't finish."
Clinton wraps up its regular season with a home contest against North Country Community College on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
"We have to win against North Country," Dixon said. "We are looking forward to it."
Jefferson C.C. 4, Clinton C.C. 0
Clinton C.C. 0 0 — 0
Jefferson C.C. 1 3 — 4
First half- 1, JCC, Guarino 12:00.
Second half- 2, JCC, Kiernan, 3:00. 3, JCC, Guarino, 15:00. 4, JCC, Guarino, 30:00.
Shots: Clinton C.C. 10, Jefferson C.C. 20.
Saves: Dibble, JCC, 10. Schultz, CCC, 15.