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Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam women’s booters fall; SLU, Canton rise

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POTSDAM - After trading failed opportunities through regulation and overtime, the Clarkson University women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 non-league decision to SUNY Cortland in double-overtime on Sunday at Hantz Field.

The Golden Knights fall to 1-1-0 and head to SUNY Potsdam on Wednesday night for a 7:30 match. Cortland State improves to 1-1-0 and will next host Emory a week from today.

Neither team had many scoring chances throughout regulation. The teams combined for five shots in the first half, and only two were on goal. Nikki Carfi (Liverpool, NY) fired a shot on net in the 14th minute that was turned away by Cortland goalkeeper Rachel Axt. This would prove to be the only chance for the Golden Knights in the first half.

Jessica McFadden had an opportunity early for the Red Dragons in the seventh minute as she took the ball down the right side and ripped a shot on net, but Clarkson goalkeeper Kim Kenline (Akron, NY) denied the attempt. McFadden played the rebound but could not control it and shot wide on her second try.

McFadden again applied pressure on the Clarkson defense, this time hitting the post in the 54th minute. Scoring opportunities again proved to be rare in the second half, and the game went into overtime. After an uneventful first overtime, Cortland dominated possession in the second extra session. In the 107th minute, Cortland’s Kelly Knight gained control of the ball deep in Clarkson territory. She passed to the right side to Abby Williams, drawing the defense with her. Williams gave the ball back to Knight who ripped a shot from 15 yards out to win the game.

The Green and Gold were outshot 12-3 on the afternoon. Kenline tallied six saves on the day for Clarkson while Axt recorded one save for Cortland.

POTSDAM FALLS TO CASTLETON

Castleton State sophomore forward Mallory Costello scored twice in the opening minutes to lead the Spartans (2-0) to 4-1 victory over the SUNY Potsdam women’s soccer team (1-1) in the 2013 Collegiate Village Cup Championship on Sunday at the SUNY Potsdam turf field.

In the early game, New England College (1-1) downed Becker College (0-2) 4-0.

Costello, who was named tournament MVP, finished a pass from freshman forward Nicole Wershoven just 43 seconds into the contest. She struck again seven minutes later with a helper from Jenna Bostwick to put the Spartans up 2-0. Freshman forward Hailey Hollenbeck nearly got one back in the sixth minute, but hit the post. With 22 minutes left in the half, Bears freshman goalie Michaela Cole stopped a blast from the foot for Castleton sophomore defender Jessica Phillips. As the period went on, the Bears slowed the Spartan momentum, but didn’t stop it. Freshman midfielder Morgan Young made it 3-0 at 36:24 with another assist from Phillips and Castleton took the three-goal lead into the break.

The Spartans continued to press in the second half. In the 52nd minute, Massena Central product Dominique Valancius broke loose after taking a lead pass from Bostwick and scored on a breakaway.

Potsdam’s offense struggled in the second half, but finally broke through with 2:56 left. Hollenbeck found Beach at the left side of the net to make it 4-1. Potsdam wasn’t able to draw any closer as the final minutes ticked down.

Freshman goalkeeper Jessica Binkowski earned the win without a save. Cole was tagged with the loss for the Bears, finishing with three saves and three goals allowed in the first half. Freshman Sara Livecchi allowed a goal and made two stops for Potsdam in the final 45 minutes.

Bears head coach Mark Misiak admitted the beginning of the game set the tone.

“Obviously, we got off to a nightmare start,” said Misiak. “When you allow a goal in the first minute you never make it easy on yourself and end up chasing the game. If Hailey’s (Hollenbeck) shot goes in instead of hitting the post, maybe we get a bounce in our step and maybe things change. But we deserved the result we got today. We didn’t play well.”

Following the game, Massena native Steffanie Premo and Chateaugay graduate Alexis Beach represented the Bears on the All-Tournament Team. Also named to the team were Alycia Dery and Tatam Fahs of Becker College along with Kaylee Thrasher and Emily Gubbins of New England College and freshman defender Nicole Gay of Castleton State.

In the first weekend of her collegiate career at Castleton, Valancius, a five-year varsity standout at Massena Central, made an immediate impact. She set up the eventual game-winner by Costello in Saturday’s 7-0 win over Becker then went on to net her first goal in the 52nd minute of the second half. She had a total of four shots on goal in Saturday’s game and scored on one of her two shots on Sunday against SUNY Potsdam.

The Bears will look to regroup on Wednesday night when they host crosstown rival Clarkson at 7 p.m.

New England College started quickly against Becker in the day’s opener. Just 48 seconds in, sophomore midfielder Caroline Mols carried the ball the length of the field and launched it just above the hands of Hawks junior goalie Kaitlyn Rose. At 37:30, Dery, a junior forward broke past the defense with a chance to tie the game, but Pilgrim junior goalie Tricia Sardagnola charged out to cut off the shot. In the 22nd minute, junior defender Haley Calabro buried the rebound off a shot from Gubbins, a freshman, for a 2-0 New England lead. Gubbins then added an unassisted marker of her own at 35:35 to make it a three-goal advantage.

Pilgrim senior forward Alyssa Krause scored less than four minutes into the final period, roofing a pass from junior defender Brooke LePage. The teams traded opportunities over the remainder of the game, but the score remained the same.

New England outshot Becker 32-6 and finished with a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Sardagnola earned the win with two saves in 68:33. Pilgrim freshman goalie Mackenzie Meegan made two saves in the final 21:27 to seal the shutout. Rose allowed three goals and made nine saves in the first half and sophomore Katherine Cormier stopped five shots in the second half.

CANTON BLANKS WELLS

Senior Katlyn Hart (Harrisville, NY) netted two goals and added an assist as the women’s soccer team cruised to a 6-1 victory over visiting Wells Sunday afternoon on the campus of SUNY Canton. The win improves the Kangaroos to 2-0, while the loss drops the Express to 0-2.

Karley Cree (Hogansburg, NY) got the scoring started as she converted a goal off the opening kick-off. Melissa Campoverde (Forest Hills, NY) played a pass back to Cree who belted a shot from 20 yards out beating Express goalkeeper Kylie Nishioka in the upper 90. Wells would find the equalizer in the 15th minute when Heather Hiltbrand netted an unassisted marker.

The Roos responded 70 seconds later when Jade Sayward (Willsboro, NY) left the ball for Franchesca Trombley (Dekalb Junction, NY) who beat Nishioka just inside the right post for the 2-1 lead. SUNY Canton held a 5-1 shots on goal advantage and carried a 2-1 lead into intermission.

After earning a one-goal lead in the opening stanza the Roos exploded for four goals after halftime. In the 57th minute Hart received the ball and tore away on a breakaway lobbing the ball over the Wells keeper for the score. Karyss Terrance (Hogansburg, NY) and Cree earned assists on the play.

Eight minutes later Hart and Terrance hooked up again as Hart was the recipient of a nice pass and finished the score tipping the ball over the goalie and just under the cross bar for the 4-0 Roos advantage. In the 69th minute Alexis Sweet (Norfolk, NY) fired a shot that was turned aside by Nishioka but the goalie was unable to control the rebound as Sayward was in perfect position to bang home the rebound score.

At the 78:40 mark Nikki Holmes (Ogdensburg, NY) tallied her first career goal with the Roos as she beat the netminder on a rebound off a Hart shot attempt. In all, the Roos held decisive advantages in shots (25-2), shots on goal (17-2) and corner kicks (8-0).

Brittany Rotach (Brasher Falls, NY) stopped one shot as she was rarely tested on the day, while Nishioka made 11 saves on the 17 shots she faced.

The SUNY Canton women’s soccer team will have its first road trip of the season as it travels to take on Green Mountain College on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. The Eagles went 1-1 this weekend at the SUNY Canton Tournament as they also defeated Wells College.

SLU SURGES PAST WELLESLEY

The St. Lawrence University women’s soccer team earned a 4-0 victory over Wellesley College on Sunday afternoon to capture the 2013 North Country Classic title. The Saints carried momentum from yesterday’s upset of #18 Cortland into their match today and used three first-half goals to put the Blue away early.

Controlling the majority of possessions in the first half, the Saints’ first tally came in the first five minutes as Emily DePoy scored her third goal of the season. Off a throw in, Julia Friesen headed the ball towards the net, which deflected off a Blue defender to the foot of DePoy, who sent a shot far post to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.

The Saints would score again in the 18th minute, this time by Mackenzie Collins for her first of the season. From the top of the 18 yard box, Hannah Calvelli found DePoy in the middle, who pushed the ball past the Blue’s defensive line to Collins. Collins put in a low shot to the opposite post.

In the 30th minute, Mimi Coppinger would give her team a 3-0 lead with her first goal of the season. The Saints took one of their seven first half corner kicks, and in a scramble in front of the net, Coppinger one-timed a shot off a bounce past Wellesley’s goalkeeper Claire Cerda.

Wellesley played stronger in the second half and Cerda and the Blue defense kept the Saints scoreless for the next 50:00 minutes of play. St. Lawrence, however, cashed in on another goal in the 80th minute as Friesen carried the ball in on Cerda, who made the initial save, but Alexandra Weatherbie was trailing to hit home the rebound for her first goal of the season.

The St. Lawrence back line of Laura Topf, Hannah Calvelli, Adriana Morra and Liz Laprade limited the action that goalkeeper Andrea Strauss saw. Strauss was, however, tested in the second half on a hard shot from Wellesley’s Maddie Carlborg, deflecting the shot over the crossbar for the save. She earns her first shutout of the season with a two-save performance.

Wellesley’s goalkeeper Cerda turned in six saves on the day, including several impressive plays in the second half. The ball was chipped over the Blue’s defense to Collins Collins shot a blooper over the head of Cerda, who made a diving save backwards to keep the ball out of the net. Minutes later, she broke up another play by intercepting a centering pass from Friesen to Coppinger in front of the goal.

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