September 19, 2013

Cardinals hang on against Clarkson


---- — POTSDAM — The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team left Hantz Turf Field with a win Wednesday, but not necessarily with a good feeling.

“It’s weird, it was a 2-1 win on the road at Clarkson, but as a team we were sort of bitter about it,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said. “I think the mark of a good team is sometimes you win and you still don’t feel good about it.”

Alexis Archilla had a goal and an assist as the Cardinals improved to 5-0-1 on the year with a nonconference victory over the Golden Knights.

The Cardinals quickly jumped on the board with Archilla’s fourth of the year. A corner kick by Fabian Chaparro made its way directly to Archilla, and the rookie found the upper right corner with a header shot.

Plattsburgh State extended its lead to 2-0 in the 21st minute when a cross from Archilla found Nick Parrella. Parrella sent the ball past a diving Alex White for his third of the season.

But the Cardinals lost some of their momentum after that.

“We were absolutely just rolling, playing a great first half,” Waterbury said. “Honestly, I think maybe this might have been my fault; I subbed a lot. And it wasn’t that the subs let us down, but we lost our continuity in what we were doing.

“They got a goal back, and as odd as it sounds, we had an extraordinary amount of possession and never seemed to get the third goal.”

Clarkson’s Tucker Wilcox shot the ball just past the left post to make it a one-goal game at 31:48.

The Golden Knights were unable to get another shot on goal the rest of the game. The Cardinals finished the evening with a 13-7 edge in shots and a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Waterbury said the Cardinals created plenty of chances in the second half but couldn’t put the ball on net.

“The longer we went not getting that third goal, things got tense,” Waterbury said. “The last 10 to 15 minutes, they come down and get one good chance, and now we’re sort of clutching a little bit.

“We’ve gotta do a better job seeing games out and finishing them in the proper way.”

Sophomore goalkeeper John Toper did not record a save in his third win of the year for Plattsburgh. White made one stop in the loss for Clarkson.

Archilla leads the Cardinals with four goals and 10 points.

Plattsburgh returns home Saturday for a nonconference matchup against Skidmore on Meet the Cardinals Day, sponsored by the Clinton County Youth Bureau. Free “Go Cards!” wristbands will be given to all kids who attend the game wearing their team jerseys, and the Cardinals will be on-hand for autographs following the game.

Plattsburgh 2, Clarkson 1

Plattsburgh 2 0 — 2

Clarkson 1 0 — 1

First half- 1, PSU, Archilla (Chaparro), 9:33. 2, PSU, Parrella (Archilla), 20:42. 3, C, Wilcox, 31:48.

Shots: Plattsburgh 13, Clarkson 7.

Saves: Toper, PSU, 0. White, C, 1.