November 4, 2008


Dragons pull off 1-0 upset

PLATTSBURGH — Though scoring chances were far and few between, SUNY Cortland women still found a way to keep this soccer season going Monday afternoon.
Freshman Jackie Deluise scored the game’s only goal in the 70th minute as the sixth seeded Red Dragons upset third seed Plattsburgh 1-0 in the SUNY Athletic Conference playoff quarterfinal round.
The goal by Deluise was just one of two shots the visitors would get on goal at the Field House Soccer Complex, compared to 11 shots taken by Plattsburgh over 90 minutes of play.
The Cardinals could not get anything past Cortland keeper Pam Monnier, however. The sophomore finished with six saves in this shutout effort that will send Cortland (8-6-2) into the conference semifinals to face second seed Brockport (10-5-1) at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Hall of Fame Fields in Oneonta.
Earlier this season, Brockport was a 2-0 winner on Cortland’s home turf.
The other SUNYAC playoff quarterfinal round game is today, as fifth seed New Paltz (10-7-1) visits fourth seed Geneseo (10-6-2). The winner will advance to meet top-seed and regular season champion Oneonta (13-5-1) Friday.
The championship game is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Fields.
Plattsburgh (13-3-3) put some pressure on the Cortland defense, but Monnier stood tall. She turned away four shots before Deluise broke the scoreless deadlock.
Senior Kayla Sweet set up Deluise’s winning goal, which was a shot from the top of the box that found the lower left side of the goal.
One minute after Deluise’s score, Monnier made her fifth save of the game on a shot from Helen Giroux. With Plattsburgh pressing for the tying goal, Monnier again denied Giroux with a save in the 83rd minute. Seconds later, Jackie Rosenberg put a header wide of the goal on the Cardinals’ last opportunity in the game.
CORTLAND MEN have a quarterfinal round game this afternoon, the fifth seeded Red Dragons (8-6-2) traveling to fourth seed Oneonta (10-5-2) at 1 p.m.

The winner advances into Friday’s semifinal game against top seed Geneseo (11-4-1) at the Oneonta Hall of Fame Fields.