Bengals down Bears, 2-0 in women's soccer
Potsdam, N.Y.—Buffalo State scored twice in the second half to defeat the SUNY Potsdam women’s soccer team 2-0. Junior forward Amanda Sauer (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) scored both goals to lead Buffalo State (9-4-2, 5-1-1 SUNYAC) past the Bears (9-8, 1-7). Potsdam again donned pink jerseys to support the American Cancer Society and draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Bengals and Bears battled to a fairly even scoreless first half. The defenses were especially tough, with each team getting only one strong scoring chance each. In the 15th minute, Potsdam sophomore goalie Kim Callahan (Centereach, N.Y./Centereach) made a diving save on a shot from Buffalo State defender Melissa Mahoney (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Ketcham).Almost 10 minutes later, Bear freshman defender Emilie Sullivan (Tully, N.Y./Tully) fed senior forward Cortney Poirier (Moira, N.Y./Brushton-Moira) in front of the net, but Bengal sophomore goalie Virginia Porten (Honeyoye Falls/Honeyoye Falls-Lima) charged out to block the shot. Neither team threatened again the first half.
Buffalo State was able to create and sustain more pressure in the second half. The Bengals finally broke through in the 68th minute when Sauer’s corner kick bounced off of several bodies in front of the net and in for a 1-0 lead. At 78:51 Sauer added her second on a quick cross from junior midfielder Jessica Andres (Honeyoye, N.Y./Honeyoye) to make it a 2-0 advantage. The Bears were unable to solve the Bengal defense in the remainder of the contest.
Callahan was strong in goal for Potsdam, finishing with 11 saves. Porten made three saves for Buffalo State to record the shutout.
Bears Head Coach Tim Moody said he and his team were frustrated with the outcome, but he was happy with the way his team played.
“We were all very disappointed by the results this weekend. We felt we deserved something out of both games, not just today. We gave both teams(Fredonia and Buffalo State) a scare I think, but couldn’t put them away when the chances presented themselves,” said Moody. “I was very proud of the way our team played, the commitment to our program, and the progression we’re making. The performances have been good and I’m very happy with the attitude of the players and the way their working.”
Potsdam is back in action on Oct. 20, when they travel to SUNY Morrisville for a 4 p.m. match.