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November 2, 2012

Cardinals get another chance to play Cortland

PLATTSBURGH — When the Plattsburgh State and Cortland men’s soccer teams last met, the host Red Dragons recorded a 4-3 overtime win to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season.

The two go at it again today, with the stakes much higher.

No. 1 seed Plattsburgh (16-2-1, 7-2) will host No. 4 seed Cortland (9-7-1, 5-3-1) at 11 a.m. in the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals at the Field House Soccer Complex.

“Ironically, the two teams (Cortland and Geneseo) who beat us during the regular season played each other in the first round,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said. “So we were going to have an opportunity to play against a team that beat us no matter what.

“I know our guys like the opportunity to get another chance to play Cortland. But they’re a good team. They’re a combination of a lot of things and are a well-rounded team.”

The other semifinal will take place at 1:30 p.m., when No. 2 seed Oneonta (11-5-1, 7-2) takes on surprising New Paltz (12-7-1, 4-5). The sixth-seeded Hawks recorded a 1-0 victory over No. 3 seed Brockport in the quarterfinals. The Golden Eagles’ bid for the top seed in the tournament ended in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Cardinals on the final day of the regular season.

Cortland advanced on with a 3-1 victory over Geneseo in the opening round.

Due to the inclement weather earlier in the week downstate, the New Paltz at Oneonta semifinal was moved to Plattsburgh as part of a doubleheader. The championship game is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. in Plattsburgh.

“The change has no effect on us,” Waterbury said. “We’ve had a good week of practice, and the few extra days allowed us to get even more healthy.

“It’s going to be the first time we’ve played in 10 days. But we can’t use that as an excuse — we can’t make any excuses. We’re playing at home, and that’s everything we’ve worked for.”

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