SARANAC LAKE — Jordan Knight recorded a goal and an assist as the Clinton Community College men’s soccer team overcame a one-goal deficit to beat North Country Community College 2-1 Wednesday.
Pierrelens Cius gave North Country the lead at 9:28 when he fired a shot from 30 yards out past Clinton goalkeeper Travis Agoney.
“I’m not really sure what was going with us early on,” Clinton coach Zac Eppler said. “We were a little slow coming out, but then guys woke up.”
Ten minutes after the North Country goal, Jamie Davison tied up the game for the Cougars with help from Knight at 20:19. With less than two minutes left in the first half, Knight scored the go-ahead goal with Matt Leta assisting.
The second half went scoreless with Clinton possessing the ball for the majority of the time. Through the remaining 45 minutes, the Saints offense continued to add pressure, but the Cougar defense was up to the challenge, Eppler said.
“Our defense was solid today. We possessed the ball well and didn’t allow many good chances for them to score,” Eppler said.
North Country goalkeeper Beau Standford had two saves while the Cougars’ Agoney collected five saves in the win.
“It was good to see us finish the whole game today,” Eppler said. “I’m normally a perfectionist, but there wasn’t a whole lot I would change defensively about today’s game.”
Clinton improves to 4-3 overall and will play on the road at Finger Lakes Community College this Saturday. North Country continues play Saturday at Mohawk Valley.
Clinton 2, North Country 1
Clinton 2 0 — 2
North Country 1 0 — 1
First half –
1, NCCC, Pierrelens, 9:28. 2, CCC, Davison (Knight), 20:19. 3, CCC, Knight (Leta), 43:17.
Clinton 4, North Country 6.
Saves: Agoney, CCC, 5. Standford, NCCC, 2.