In a game that seemed completely controlled by the Cortland offense, it would prove not to be enough, as the Red Dragons dropped their first game of the season to Potsdam by a score of 2-1.
Although the first half was filled with multiple offensive opportunities for both teams, the main talking point for the half was the stellar goalie play by each team. Cortland’s Danika Svendsen got challenged twice in the half, and proved to be a brick wall behind goal. On the Potsdam side, Gabby Hobika was tested with four tough shots from the Cortland offense, but proved that it would be no easy task to sneak a goal by her, as she saved every ball that came her way. The first half would end in a tie, with each team knotted at zero.
Just six minutes into the second half, in a game that had so far been controlled by Cortland, it was actually Potsdam that would strike first. Potsdam’s Rylie Murray sent a rocket from 30 yards out that found its way inside the left post, and crossed the goal line to give Potsdam its first goal of the day.
Play was very back and forth for the next 30+ minutes, until the 84th minute, when Potsdam’s Jaci Moor sneaked a goal inside of the left post to give the Bears their biggest lead of the day, 2-0.
The Red Dragons refused to give up, as they would come down the field just a minute later, and notch their first goal of the day, in a seemingly bizarre situation. Cortland’s Vanessa Romero sent a shot from pretty close to the goal, only to be denied by Potsdam’s Hobika. However, the ball was deflected off of a Potsdam defender, and propelled its way into the goal, which cut the Cortland deficit to one.
Cortland had two other shot opportunities in the final four minutes but couldn’t convert, as they fell to a good Potsdam team, 2-1. The main story line of this game was the seemingly dominant performance of Cortland on the offensive end, as they out shot Potsdam 23-9, with 12 of the shots being on goal. Needless to say, Gabby Hobika had herself a day in goal for the Bears, as the only goal that got past her was an own-goal.
The Red Dragons are back in action on Saturday at home when they take on the Cardinals of Plattsburgh. That game starts at 1 pm, so go grab a hot cocoa and get ready to watch what could be a great game.
Records after the game: Cortland 5-1-3 overall, 2-1 SUNYAC; Potsdam 7-2-2 overall, 1-0-1 SUNYAC
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