Thursday, December 2, 2021

Cardinals slay Golden Knights

Liam Sample

The Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team (10-3-2) picked up a 2-1 win against Clarkson Golden Knights (4-7-2) Tuesday Oct.19 at The field house in a non conference match.

The Cardinals were vaulted to the win behind a clutch goal from Senior forward, Kirsten Villemaire, with just over 90 seconds left to play, breaking the 1-1 tie and extending her goal streak to six games. 

Senior forward Emily Frodyma netted her team leading ninth of the year at the 39 minute mark. While trying a pass, a Clarkson defender knocked the ball back towards her, in which she shot it in the bottom half of the net to make the score 1-0.

Plattsburgh flexed their offensive muscles throughout the match, totaling 19 shots compared to only seven by Golden Knights. Villemaire led the team with six. 

Just past the 80 minute mark, Clarkson would respond. Freshman forward Chloe Hodge received the ball inside the box, after moving around she took a shot that went past junior goalkeeper Julia Ennis for her fourth of the season.

Ennis made three saves and racked her collegiate career high tenth win of the season, passing her nine win effort in 2019. Freshman Molly Dicaprio started the game for Clarkson, making two saves and allowing one. Freshman Elise Almgren played the second half, saving four on five shots on goal.

With the game tied and overtime nearing, sophomore defender Nora Fitzgerald dribbled through the Clarkson defense. She made a quick pass to Villamare in the penalty box who ripped it into the back of the net at 88:23 to make it 2-1, which would be the final score

“Nora and I have talked about what needs to happen when she take[s] the ball up on a dribble,” Villamare said. I popped out for a pass, stayed on side and placed it in the far corner” described the senior

With this game, The Cardinals bring their win count up to ten on the season. This was an important rebound for the team, which is coming off an overtime loss last Saturday against SUNY Geneseo. They have two games remaining in the regular season, with The SUNYAC Tournament starting on Oct. 30th.

“This win was huge for us, especially coming off of the game this past weekend and it means a lot for the regional rankings this season…. From here we need to win our game next weekend against Potsdam and continue playing as a team and playing how we know how to, to finish the season off the way we have wanted” Villamare said.

Plattsburgh travels to Potsdam to take on the Bears Saturday, Oct. 23 for its final SUNYAC game of the year. They hope to improve on their 6-2-0 conference record. 

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