Torres Scores Twice as Panthers Win Opener

Panthers pose after winning the season opener
Panthers pose after winning the season opener

For just the second time in the last six seasons, the Tompkins Cortland Community College women's soccer team has opened the season with a win. Playing against Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, the Panthers got two goals from freshman Cristina Torres (Ellenville/Ellenville H.S.) to beat the Cougars 2-1. While it was the first game of the season for the Panthers, it was the third game of the year for Clinton. The Cougars are now 1-2.

Despite having just 11 players available to play, the Panthers threatened throughout the first half before finally breaking through with a goal by Torres off an assist from Paris Good (Syracuse/Ithaca H.S.) in the 42nd minute. While enjoying a sizeable advantage in shots, the Panthers held the lead most of the second half, but the Cougars slipped the equalizer into the goal with just over 13 minutes left to play. With the clock closing in on five minutes left to play, Torres took it upon herself to break the tie, beating a pair of defenders before netting the game-winner.

Kerrin O'Shaughnessy (Worcester/Worcester H.S.) earned the win in goal, recording seven saves.

Tompkins Cortland continues the season-opening weekend trip with a game at North Country Community College Sunday.