Big second half lifts Plattsburgh over Potsdam
POTSDAM, N.Y.- The SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team (7-2, 0-1 SUNYAC) fell to SUNY Plattsburgh (5-3, 1-0 SUNYAC) 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Field House Complex. Senior forward Anissa Hartmann (Fairfax, Vt./BFA Fairfax) scored twice, while junior midfielder Madeline Saccocio (Schenectady, N.Y./Schalmont) added the additional goal for the Cardinals.
Plattsburgh got the first scoring opportunity just under four minutes into the game, but senior Bear goalie Bri Thibeau (Salem, N.Y./Salem) snagged the ball for the save. Potsdam turned it around at 15:36 when they were awarded a corner kick. Sophomore midfielder Rylie Murray (Berkley, Mich./Berkley) sent the cross into the box, but fellow sophomore midfielder Olivia Seamans's (Bolton Landing, N.Y./Bolton) shot was wide of the net. Possession went back and forth the remaining minutes of the game with the score knotted at zero.
The Cardinal's offense wasted no time getting on the board in the second half. Just 26 seconds in, junior midfielder Caitlin Gagen (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa HS) centered a pass that Hartmann netted for the 1-0 lead. Following the goal, Plattsburgh kept Potsdam pinned back in their own zone with eight shots over the next 35 minutes of play to the Bears two. After a called foul on Potsdam inside the box, the Cardinals were awarded a penalty kick. Hartmann grabbed her eighth goal of the season to give Plattsburgh the 2-0 advantage. Five minutes later, Gagen picked up her second assist of the afternoon with a cross into the box that found Saccocio to seal the 3-0 win for the Cardinals.
Thibeau finished with six saves and Plattsburgh sophomore goalie Nichole Gibson (Arkport, N.Y./Arkport Central School) grabbed one.
The Cardinals outshot the Bears 19-5, but the teams tied with six for corner kick opportunities.
Potsdam will return home to host SUNY Cortland on Friday at 3 p.m. and Oswego State on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Maxcy Turf.