Bobcats soccer rises to top of standings

PAUL SMITHS – The Paul Smith’s College soccer teams finished the regular season with a sweep over Vermont Tech at home on Sunday.

The Bobcats men’s and women’s teams both stayed on top of the Yankee Small College Conference West Division standings with their victories.

Despite winning in overtime 2-1, the Bobcats dominated play in the men’s contest. Midfielder Tom Devlin scored the game-winner one minute into overtime. Colin Byrne notched the Paul Smith’s goals and Oliver Durand scored for the Knights late in the opening half.

The Bobcats held a 16-3 edge in shots on goal and also had 11 corner kicks. Ryan Little made two saves to earn the win in nets, while Darren Claverley recorded 14 stops in goal for New Hampshire Tech.

“The key for us all season, as well as Sunday, has been our defense,” Paul Smith’s men’s head coach Brian Mallette said. “I’d put our back four up against any team in the country in the USCAA. We’ve struggled scoring goals, but we’ve been tough to beat in our end.”

The win was the third straight for the Paul Smith’s men’s team, which improved to 8-1 in league action and 9-1 overall. The ‘Cats lone loss was a 2-1 overtime setback on Sept. 22 against New Hampshire Tech, which is currently 6-1 in the West Division with one regular-season game left on its slate. The Paul Smith’s men have allowed just four goals against this season.

The Paul Smith’s women rolled to a 4-1 win against Vermont Tech. Nicole Landry led the way with two goals scored, and Caitlyn Willis and Jennifer Maguder each found the back of the net once. Maguder also chipped in two assists and Elizabeth Matalavage set up one tally for the Bobcats. Emily Darling scored for Vermont Tech.

Paul Smith’s outshot the Knights 23-3. Asenath Brooks made two saves in goal for the ‘Cats and Laura Flint stopped 19 shots in a losing effort for the Knights.

With the win, the women improved to 6-1 in the YSCC West Division and 7-2 overall.

Both Paul Smith’s men’s and women’s teams have huge games on tap as they host strong SUNY-ESF squads Friday in the battle for the Barkeater Cup. The women kick off the doubleheader starting at 6 p.m. with the men’s matchup scheduled for 8 p.m.