PLATTSBURGH — It wasn’t just another win for the Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team Saturday.
Tom Greene’s second goal of the game, with 1:24 gone in the second overtime, lifted the Cardinals to a 3-2 decision over Oneonta in SUNY Athletic Conference play at the Field House Soccer Complex.
The dramatic victory, coming on the heels of Friday’s 4-0 victory over New Paltz, improved the Cardinals to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference. The Red Dragons, who defeated Plattsburgh in last year’s SUNYAC Tournament semifinals, dropped to 7-4-1 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
“No question, this was our biggest win of the year so far,” said Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury. “It was for a lot of reasons. We learned a lot about our team this weekend. We had unexpected people contribute and we were resilient.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better effort from the entire team. Everyone worked hard at practice this weekend and pushed one another. Everybody gets credit.”
The win was huge as far as the conference standings go. Cortland leads in points with a 4-1-1 record, while Brockport and Plattsburgh stand at 4-1. The Cardinals, however, have a game in hand over the Red Dragons.
“If we lose today, we have a 3-2 record,” said Waterbury. “We’re now 4-1 and that’s quite a separation.”
Oneonta had Plattsburgh on its heels for the majority of the second half and scored the only goal in the stanza to force overtime.
But with 1:24 gone in the second extra session, Nick Parrella found Greene, who turned and drilled a shot into the far corner.
“Our adrenalin slowed down in the second half and our youth on the field started to show a little more,” said Waterbury. “We panicked a little, had trouble getting out of our own end and lost our shape. We couldn’t get a hold on the game.