Bears ground Hawks, 4-0 in College Cup


POTSDAM, N.Y.—Senior forward Heather Johnson scored twice for the SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team as the Bears rolled past Hilbert College 4-0 in the first round of the Potsdam College Cup. Junior midfielder Ashley Thayer and sophomore forward Nina Komosinski also scored for Potsdam.

The Bears controlled the play from the outset, pinning the Hawks in their own half of the field. Potsdam's offense was slow to heat up, but finished the half with several strong chances. The Bears got on the board in the 25th minute as a Hilbert defender deflected a shot from Thayer past Hawk freshman goalkeeper Erin Smith. Potsdam sustained the pressure, but didn't strike again in the opening period.

Johnson wasted no time in the second half. The forward caught a long pass from sophomore midfielder Kate Clauss, side stepped Smith and dribbled the ball across the goal line less than three minutes into the final 45 minutes. Four and a half minutes later, the duo hooked up again to make it a 3-0 Bears' advantage. At 59:42, Komosinski put the game away with a Potsdam's fourth marker.

In goal, freshman Jaime Durant didn't see much action, stopping the two shots she faced to record her first collegiate victory and shutout. Smith finished with nine saves. The Bears outshot Hilbert 16-2.

“I thought we played pretty well for the most part,” said Head Coach Mark Misiak. “We definitely could have played better. We scored some pretty nice goals, but we weren't very dynamic for most of the game. Still, it's always nice to keep a clean sheet and to see Jaime earn a shutout in her first college game. “

The Bears (1-0) look to claim the Cup title when they square off against Cazenovia College at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Wildcats upend Eagles, 1-0 in double OT

POTSDAM, N.Y. – Cazenovia College downed Green Mountain College in a double overtime contest at Maxcy Turf Field this afternoon. Freshman forward Emily Graham (Wellsville, N.Y./Wellsville) found the back of the net in the 113th minute to send the Wildcats into the final match of the SUNY Potsdam Women's Soccer College Cup.

The first half began with good passing and tough defense. Cazenovia put the pressure on Green Mountain early in the game with several runs at goal fueled by the speedy Graham. The Eagles soon countered with their own offensive led by Thalia Menifee (Patrick AFB, Fla./Santa Fe). Wildcat goalie Breanne Warner (Lacona, N.Y./Sandy Creek) halted the Green Mountain charge with several key first half saves. Cazenovia dominated the time of possession in the opening period as a result of great ball movement and outshot the Eagles 13-4.

The second half start was identical to the first. Solid passing by Cazenovia controlled the time of possession. Both teams created opportunities, but neither could find the back of the net. The Eagles replaced senior goalkeeper Emma Lord (Greenville, N.Y./Greenville) with freshman Kim Simonetti (Salem, Mass./North Shore Technical) in the 78th minute. Cazenovia quickly tested Simonetti with three quick shots on goal, including a point blank opportunity from Graham, but the freshman was equal to the task. With only 27 seconds remaining in the half, Graham snuck by the Eagle defenders, but fired just wide of the post. Regulation ended in a tie and the game headed into overtime. Cazenovia had 14 shots in the second half to Green Mountain's two.

The Wildcats were able to create an early opportunity in the first overtime off of a Nateasha Williams' (Northville, N.Y./Northville) corner kick. However, Simonetti was able to make a save and fend off a barrage of shots by the Wildcats to keep Green Mountain in the game. The second overtime started fast as Cazenovia's Sonni Pank (Sprakers, N.Y./Canajoharie) and Graham had near misses in the upper left corner of the goal. Shortly after, Graham was finally able to solve Simonetti and secure the win for Cazenovia.

Cazenovia outshot Green Mountain 34 to seven. Warner finished five saves in her shutout win. The Eagle's Lord made five saves and Simonetti stopped seven shots.

Cazenovia will take on the host Bears at 11 a.m. for the Cup title, while Green Mountain will play for third place with Hilbert College at the same time.