POTSDAM -- The SUNY Potsdam women’s soccer team captured its fourth win of the season, shutting down the Sage College Gators 1-0.
Bears junior midfielder Dedra Palmer (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) scored the lone goal of the contest at the 28:01 mark.
Potsdam jumped on the Gators from the start of the contest and kept Sage on the defensive for much of the first half. The early pressure resulted in several corner kicks for the Bears, but the Gator defenders limited the strong scoring opportunities.
Finally in the 29th minute, Potsdam junior midfielder Stephanie Simons (Stratford, Ontario/St. Michael) set up Palmer at the top of the box. Palmer launched a long shot over Sage senior goalkeeper Brittany McDonald (Schenectady, N.Y./Schalmont) and into the right-hand corner of the goal for the eventual game winner.
The Bears piled on the shots for the rest of the half, but couldn’t get another goal. Despite the pressure, Sage nearly tied the score 41st minute when Gator senior forward Nicole Killeen (Petersburgh, N.Y./Berlin Central) rang the crossbar on a long shot. Potsdam held an 11-2 advantage in shots at the half.
The Bears created several great scoring chances in the second half, but didn’t add to their lead. In the 52nd minute, a shot by Potsdam senior forward Cortney Poirier (Moira/Bruston-Moira, N.Y.) just trickled wide of the left post after she had evaded the goalkeeper.
Four minutes later, Bears junior midfielder Jess Mehm (Schroon Lake, N.Y./Schroon Lake) hit the Gators’ crossbar. McDonald robbed Potsdam junior midfielder Kathleen Frear (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville), diving to her right with just over two minutes left.
Neither team threatened again as the score remained 1-0.
The Bears outshot Sage 19-5 overall. Bears junior goalkeeper Caitlin Titus (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) made two saves in the entire 90 minutes to record the shutout, while McDonald finished with six saves for Sage (1-3).
Potsdam Head Coach Tim Moody would like to see the goals come a little easier, but is pleased with the results he’s seeing so far, both offensively and defensively.
“We’re a little frustrated that were not scoring more, but we’re creating opportunities and eventually the goals will come,” said Moody. “In the end one goal is enough to win and we didn’t concede defensively. It was a great team effort today, everybody contributed.” The Bears (4-1) travel to Poultney, Vt.
On Sept. 13, to take on the Green Mountain College Eagles at 3:30 p.m. Potsdam then returns home to take on Cazenovia College at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15.