Saints soccer sweeps Clinton at home

North Country’s Sim Marhatta battles with a Clinton opponent for a head ball in Tuesday's match. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

SARANAC LAKE — The North Country Community College soccer teams claimed a sweep in a home doubleheader Tuesday against Clinton Community College. The Saints earned shutout wins in both matches, with the women starting off with a 4-0 triumph over the Cougars and NCCC’s men following up with a 3-0 victory.

Alicia Cook paced NCCC with a pair of goals and Katie Holvik and Danielle Charland added a goal each in the win.

Cook, Charland, Kate Stevens and Danielle Cook each recorded an assist for the Saints, who improved to 7-8-1 overall with the win.

NCCC finished with an overwhelming 19-2 edge in shots. Sophomore Vanessa Garrow had a strong peformance under pressure in the Cougars’ net and finished with 15 saves. Anna Thrasher made two stops in goal for the Saints.

NCCC had plenty of scoring chances early on and finally got on the scoreboard with just under four minutes remaining in the opening half when Charland got behind the Cougars defense after receiving a through ball from Alicia Cook. Charland broke in on Garrow, sidestepped the goalie with a move toward the left corner of the net and scored on a low shot.

The Saints then scored three times in a span of 13 minutes in the second half to seal the win.

The men’s match was tighter, especially in the opening half. Steven Marshall led the way with a pair of goals as the Saints improved to 4-9-1. Tom Skinner picked up NCCC’s other goal.

The Saints took a 1-0 edge into intermission after Marshall found the back of the net 15:05 into the match. Marshall, a freshman midfielder and Franklin Academy graduate, scored on a beautiful goal when he corralled a corner kick from Connor Hewins and one-timed a blast past CCC keeper Lucas Cross.

Marshall then put the hosts up 2-0 less than three minutes into the second half and Skinner added an insurance goal late in the match, with Hewins notching his second assist of the match on the play.

Clinton finished with an 8-6 edge in shots. Harry Bennett posted eight saves in goal to earn the shutout.

The Saints improved to 4-9-1 with the win.