Sunday, September 25, 2022

Plattsburgh ties Oswego

Liam Sample

The Plattsburgh Men’s Soccer Team (3-3-1) tied with the Oswego State Lakers (1-2-4) one to one in a double overtime in their State University of New York Athletic Conference
2021 debut Friday afternoon Sept. 25th.

The Cardinals started the scoring early into the match. With a free kick opportunity, sophomore Kevin Abbondanza propelled the ball into the air toward the goalkeeper. After rushing past a defender, senior defender Jimmy Alexander headed it out of the air and
into the left side of the net just 13:53 into the match.

Alexander brought his goal total up to two on the year. In addition. He has only taken two shots on the season, leaving him with a 1.000 shot percentage. Abbondanza’s assist count rises to three on the season, tying him for the second most on the team.

After a Plattsburgh foul in the goal box, the Lakers would use a penalty kick taken by junior Caleb Munski past the 20 minute mark to respond. The defender found the bottom of the net to tie the game at one a piece.

While these were the only goals of the game, the Cardinals had many opportunities. They outshot Oswego 15-9, including a seven shot second half. Oswego’s goalkeeper, senior Brian Terra, tied a season high save total with five in this match.

Neither team registered a shot in the first overtime. The second OT saw the Cardinals largest opportunity to win the game. Senior forward Juan Velez found the ball with seconds left and took a shot on as time expired. Unfortunately, it barely missed the net.

“Everything was so fast that all I could think about was putting the ball in the back of the net and celebrating with my teammates.” Valez said. “We thought we won it but the ball just went wide which was devastating but we knew we deserved the win and will take it to our next matches.”

Following a shutout performance against Sage College, freshman Teddy Healy played all 110 minutes of the game and recorded two saves. The goalkeeper recorded his first tie of his collegiate career, making his record 3-3-1.

Despite not adding a loss to the team record, they did not seem happy with the results of this match; however, they preached optimism for their remaining games.

“The team was disappointed to not take the 3 points at home and to let a win slip out of our hands.”

“We were proud about the performance but to not win the game against a SUNYAC team [is] always tough but I’m sure we will bounce back and game by game reach our goal.”Velez said.

“We were proud about the performance but to not win the game against a SUNYAC team [is] always tough but I’m sure we will bounce back and game by game reach our goal.”Velez said.

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