POTSDAM -- The SUNY Potsdam women’s soccer team (2-0) scored four second half goals to down Cazenovia College (1-1) 6-0 and claim the inaugural Potsdam Women’s College Cup 6-0 Sunday.
Six different Bears scored and freshman goalkeeper Shannon Weader (Palmyra, N.Y./Palmyra-Macedon) recorded the shutout victory in her first collegiate game. Sophomore midfielder Kate Clauss (Bloomfield, N.Y./Bloomfield) was named the
tournament most valuable player.
Potsdam was all over the Wildcats from the start, peppering Cazenovia freshman goalie Breanne Warner (Lacona, N.Y./Sandy Creek) with shot after shot. Clauss drew first blood in the 7th minute on a long shot that went off Warner’s hands. Sophomore midfielder Kristin Webster (Schenectady, N.Y./Schenectady) assisted on the goal. Fifty seconds later junior midfielder Ashley Thayer (Winthrop, N.Y./St. Lawrence Central) made it 2-0 Bears after burying a loose ball in front of the net. The Bears pressure was relentless as they carried the two-goal and 28-1 shot advantage into the break.
Freshman midfielder Summer Bader (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) extended the lead to 3-0 with her first career goal on another helper from Webster at the 53:45 mark. Freshman defender Chloe Hay (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) set up classmate Jess Sterns (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) 10 minutes later, marking the first collegiate points for both players. The Potsdam onslaught slowed slightly through the middle of the second half before igniting for two final goals in 25 seconds.
Freshman forward Emilie Ross (Heuvelton, N.Y./Heuvelton) scored with a header on a pass from fellow freshman Katie LaVoie (Malone, N.Y./Franklin
Academy) at 81:53. At 82:18, Ross set up freshman Brenna Vukelic (Buffalo, N.Y./Amherst) to cap the scoring at 6-0. Each player recorded their first points on the two goals.
In goal, Warner, who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with 21 saves. Weader had an easier day, making a difficult diving save on the only shot she faced. Weader and freshman Jaime Durant (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) were named the top goalkeepers of the tournament and senior forward Heather Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y./Heuvelton) was the tourney’s top scorer.
“I thought we came out with a lot of energy and intensity,” said Bears Head Coach Mark Misiak. “We dictated the tempo of the game from the first whistle. I was really impressed with how many goal-scoring chances we created. It meant a lot to the girls to win our home tournament and I’m thrilled for them that we could bring it home in front of our own fans.
I’m very happy that all of our players got chances to play in both games this weekend and that a lot of players netted their first college goal.”
The Bears look to keep their momentum rolling next weekend when they travel to Massachusetts for the Wellesley Invitational. Potsdam faces Babson on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. and then battles the host Blue at 1 p.m. the following afternoon.