PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team was less than six minutes away from a win Saturday afternoon.
What happened after that turned out to be the most disappointing outcome thus far this season for the Cardinals.
Darren McCormack forced overtime with a free kick with 5:17 left in regulation to tie it and Dillon Johnson drove home a rebound on McCormack’s free kick at 6:56 of overtime for a 2-1 Cortland decision in SUNY Athletic Conference play at the Field House Soccer Complex.
“Certainly, it was disappointing,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said. “If we could have won and improved to 3-0 in the (conference) standings, it could have given us some separation. Now, we’re back in the pack at 2-1 with a lot of work to do.”
The Cardinals (8-2-1 2-1-0) did not play their best soccer of the season in the first half, but got out of it with neither team scoring.
“I didn’t think we played a good first half and really got away from some things,” Waterbury said. “I was happy to get out of the half at 0-0 because we had trouble clearing balls on corner kicks and our shape was wrong.
“But we made some good adjustments to start the second half and started to create some chances for ourselves.”
The Cardinals took the lead 10:22 into the second off some nice individual work by Matt Hamilton, who won a battle with a couple of Red Dragon defenders. The ball deflected to Tom Greene, who was wide-open in front to send the ball into the net.
“When we move the ball quickly like that, we create opportunities,” Waterbury said.
Plattsburgh maintained its one-goal lead until the 39:17 mark when Cortland (6-5, 3-1) was awarded a free kick just outside the box. McCormack sent a perfectly-placed shot into the upper corner of the net to tie it.