The Cardinals added the finishing touch at 41:32 when Joe Aratari got the ball to Nick Parrella, who scored his second goal of the game with a low shot that bounced off the post and deflected into the other corner.
The Cardinals were finally able to breathe a sigh of relief.
“The fourth goal put the nail in the coffin,” said Waterbury.
Plattsburgh grabbed the early lead at 13:21 of the first half when Parrella scored in front after taking a Jason Baker cross.
But a defensive miscue led to the Red Dragons tying it up at 31:30 when Barbosa was able to get behind the Plattsburgh defense, which didn’t have its best of days.
“It starts with team defense,” said Waterbury. “When a breakdown like that happens, it starts when something went wrong up top.”
The Cardinals finished with a 22-5 shot advantage, including a 12-2 edge in the first half, and a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks, including a 4-0 edge in the second half.
“I give credit to Cortland for coming in with a good game plan,” said Waterbury. “They had only five shots at goal, but they were all pretty quality chances.
“I thought that with the layoff, we were a little stale at times. But we did carry the play a lot of the time and it was a pretty good team effort.”
Andy Heighington was not credited with a save in the Plattsburgh nets, while Tim Beauvais made six stops for Cortland.
Oneonta 2, New Paltz 1
Jake Sutherland’s goal with 9:52 gone in the second half lifted the Red Dragons (12-5-1) past the Hawks (11-8-1).
Sutherland won a head ball, beat the New Paltz defense and found the back of the net to break a 1-all tie.
Harrison Lane gave the Hawks the lead at 14:28 of the first half before Luke Halberg answered, off a Colin Volpe cross, at 29:40 to tie it.