PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team continues to be competitive with difficult non-conference opponents.
The Cardinals, however, have nothing to show for it of late.
Plattsburgh dropped its third 1-0 contest in a row Saturday and for the second time in three games, a penalty kick decided the outcome.
Kelsey Domb’s goal with 15:43 gone in the second half gave Vassar (5-1) its victory at the Field House Soccer Complex.
“It’s frustrating,” said Plattsburgh coach Karen Waterbury. “It’s a tough way to lose a game. But it would be more frustrating if we weren’t competing well.
“The girls are competing hard for 90 minutes, even though we have to clean some things up. I told them to keep their heads up. We continue to make progress in some areas and we need more work in other areas.”
The goal came off a scramble in front of the Plattsburgh net when keeper Danielle Schmitt couldn’t get possession of the initial shot and a Cardinal defender was called for a hand ball in the penalty area.
“It’s the easiest hand ball call I’ve seen,” said Waterbury. “The call had to be made.
“We need to come up with the ball or clear it. We needed someone to step up and make a play. They forced us into making a mistake.”
The Cardinals (4-3) held a 14-13 edge in shots, but were able to put only two of those on net.
Plattsburgh, however, had its chances. Renee Egan sent one off the crossbar with 32 minutes gone in the opening half and Kristie Pageau, bounced one off the post with 22 minutes left in regulation.
“We continue to create chances,” said Waterbury. “We missed the net at times and they did a good job blocking shots. They were big, strong and athletic and you have to give them credit.
“There were a couple of times where we needed to be more patient and other times where we had to pull the trigger quicker.”
Ali Higgins made two saves in net for the shutout and Schmitt finished with seven stops for the Cardinals.
It’s been 294 minutes and 33 seconds since the Cardinals have scored a goal.
Plattsburgh has one non-conference game remaining before heading into SUNY Athletic Conference play. The Cardinals host Middlebury College at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Field House Soccer Complex.
Vassar 1, Plattsburgh 0
Vassar 0 1 — 1
Plattsburgh 0 0 — 0
1, V, Domb pk, 15:43.
Plattsburgh 14, Vassar 13.
Saves: Schmitt, PSU, 7. Higgins, V, 2.