Bears claim SUNYAC victory 3-2 over Hawks
NEW PALTZ, N.Y.- Late second half goal from junior forward Jaci Morr (Monroe, Mich./Monroe) lifted the SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team (8-3-1, 1-2-1 SUNYAC) over SUNY New Paltz (1-11-2, 0-5 SUNYAC) 3-2 on Friday afternoon. Three different Bears scored in the win, while senior goalie Bri Thibeau (Salem, N.Y./Salem) finished with four saves.
Potsdam got on the board first at the 5:54 minute mark when Kaylen Van Wagner (Red Hook, N.Y./Hotchkiss) found the back of the net with a shot from 30 yards out. The goal marked a career-high fifth this season for Van Wagner. The Bears outshot the Hawks 5-1 over the next 12 minutes of play, but New Paltz tied the game with a goal from Gabriella Cabello at 23:54. The Hawks offense picked up a bit following the goal, but were unable to solve Thibeau again during the first half and the game was tied 1-1 going into halftime.
In the opening minutes of the second half, New Paltz countered and scored the go-ahead goal off a header from Monica Rouse at 52:34, off a corner kick that was sent into the box from Jessica Fox. This ignited the Bears' offense this time. After three shots from Potsdam, the Bears tied the game again off their own and only corner kick of the contest at 59:59. Sophomore defender Lauren Vedete (New Hartford, N.Y./New Hartford) sent the ball into the box before junior midfielder Amanda Lingenfelter (Alexandria Bay, N.Y./Alexandria) picked it up and kicked it home. The teams battled back and forth through the remaining minutes of the game before Potsdam prevailed with the eventual game-winner from Morr with less than 12 minutes to go for her third goal of the season. The Hawks' offense had three more chances to get on the board, but Thibeau and the Bears defense stayed tough to close out the 3-2 comeback victory.
Hawks' goalie Katelyn Cordero finished with four saves all in the second half.
Potsdam outshot New Paltz 17-11, while the Hawks controlled the corner kicks 7-1.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow when they travel to SUNY Oneonta to take on the Red Dragons at 1 p.m.