PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team is well aware of the task at hand.
With no chance of making the NCAA Division III Tournament as an at-large team, the Cardinals are in a must-win situation from this point on.
It starts today at 1 p.m. when the fourth-seeded Cardinals (12-5-1, 6-3) host fifth-seeded Buffalo State (9-8-1, 4-5) in the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals at the Field House Soccer Complex.
“We’re in a position where it’s now one and done,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said. “The road to winning the conference championship, however, is no tougher than it usually is. We have to win three games and we’re capable of doing that.
“We’re healthy right now and if we lose to Buffalo State, it won’t be because of injuries. We’re at home and we’re looking forward to it. Realistically, this could be our last home game. We’re excited about playing and where we are, and we want to continue to grow as a team.”
Plattsburgh hosted Buffalo State on October 18 in regular season play and the Cardinals emerged with an exciting 3-2 overtime win.
Ethan Votraw scored in the first half and Fabian Chaparro in the second to give the Cardnials a 2-0 lead before the Bengals tied it on two goals by Andrew Dugan in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
Then, just one minute into the first overtime, Chaparro won it with a bicycle kick that was seen later that evening on ESPN Sports Center highlights.
“Buffalo State was better in the box than we were,” Waterbury said. “They have a couple of very dynamic players who can create problems for opposing defenses.
“When we played them the first time this season, we let them hang around and they never gave up. We didn’t finish the game well and that gave them a little bit of life. To their credit, they felt that life and snatched it. They played hard.