BUFFALO — Steve Zacharczyk scored a goal in each half and the Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team completed a SUNY Athletic Conference weekend sweep with a 4-1 victory over Buffalo State on Saturday.
The Cardinals, who have won five straight, improved to 15-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference. Plattsburgh remains in a first-place tie with Brockport, which rolled to a 5-1 win over Oswego on Saturday. With two home games left in conference play, Plattsburgh can finish no lower than third.
“It was a good game for us,” said Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury. “Yesterday, we had a real emotional win against Fredonia. I give the guys credit for finishing the weekend real strong.”
The Cardinals took the lead for good when Matt Hamilton found the back of the net with an indirect kick at 13:50 of the first half.
“Hamilton has been clinical on his free kicks,” said Waterbury. “We were able to get on the board fairly early.”
Zacharczyk then took a pass from Nick Parrella and went in one-on-one with Bengals’ keeper Ian Huntoon to make it 2-0 at 30:50.
It became 3-0 with 13:49 gone in the second half when Jarred Antonucci found Parrella, who scored from 20 yards out.
The Bengals (1-12-1, 0-6-1), who were eliminated from post-season contention with the loss, got on the board 21:46 into the second on C.J. Scirto’s goal. But Zacharczyk put the Cardinals back up by three goals with 9:09 left in the contest.
“We were up, 3-0, and carrying play,” said Waterbury. “And we were getting a number of chances to get that fourth goal. So, it was a little disappointing when they scored.”
Plattsburgh held a 19-5 shot advantage and a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks. Zack Kruizenga turned away three shots in the Cardinals’ nets.
“Zack again did a good job,” said Waterbury. “And I can’t say enough about Jason Baker and Nick Pourakis in the back.
“Offensively, we were able to spread the wealth around and got goals from the bench.”
The Cardinals return home to oppose Geneseo at 3 p.m. on Friday before a showdown with Brockport at 2 p.m. on Saturday to end conference regular season play.
“It’s going to be a total showdown for sure,” said Waterbury. “The winner over the weekend gets the top seed in the playoffs. But we can’t afford to look past Geneseo.”
Plattsburgh 4, Buffalo State 1
Plattsburgh 2 2 — 4
Buffalo State 0 1 — 1
First half- 1, PSU, Hamilton (Antonucci), 13:50. 2, PSU, Zacharczyk (Parrella), 30:50.
Second half- 3, PSU, Parrella (Antonucci), 13:49. 4, BS, Scirto, 21:46. 5, PSU, Zacharczyk, 35:51.
Shots: Plattsburgh 19, Buffalo State 5.
Saves: Kruizenga, PSU, 3. Huntoon, BS, 8.