POTSDAM -- The SUNY Potsdam women’s soccer team continued to roll as it defeated Cazenovia College 3-0 Wednesday night.
Bears junior midfielder Jess Mehm (Schroon Lake, N.Y./Schroon Lake) led the charge with a goal and two assists, senior forward Cortney Poirier (Moira, N.Y./Bruston-Moira) added a goal and an assist, and SUNYAC Player of the Week goalkeeper Caitlin Titus (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) recorded her second straight shutout.
The Wildcats started strong, getting a few quick shots early and continued to play Potsdam tough throughout the first half.
The Bears responded by scoring on their first shot of the contest in the 10th minute.
Receiving a long pass at the top of the box, Poirier fed the ball ahead to Mehm who fired the ball off the hands of Cazenovia senior goalkeeper Brittany Wescott (Oneonta, N.Y./Charlotte Valley) for her third goal of the season.
Mehm returned the favor in the 43rd minute, sending a long pass ahead to Poirier who buried her third goal of 2010 for a 2-0 Potsdam lead. The Bears held the same lead and a slim 8-6 advantage in shots at the half.
In the second half, Potsdam broke through for the third and final goal in the 54th minute. Mehm set up freshman forward Ashley Thayer’s (Winthrop, N.Y./St. Lawrence) third marker of season to put away the Wildcats. With the luxury of a two goal lead at the half, Bears Head Coach Tim Moody changed up the defensive formation and got some different players onto the field.
The result was a dominating performance by the Potsdam defense, which didn’t give up a shot until just under seven minutes remaining and just two total in the entire half.
Titus made three saves to cement the win, while Wescott made five saves for Cazenovia (1-4). Moody was very pleased with Mehm’s performance. “Jess has been one of our most consistent players so far this season,” Moody said. “She has been asked to play more than one position and has done so very well for us.”
Moody was also excited about the performance of his defense in the second half. “We changed the formation in the second half and played some different players,” Moody added.
“They adjusted well, played well together, and got the ball into the right areas.”
The Bears (6-1) head to Throggs Neck, N.Y. on Sept. 17, to take on the Maritime College Privateers at 7 p.m. The team will then have the opportunity to experience New York City over the weekend.