POTSDAM — The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team is looking for freshman Alexis Archilla to give the team an offensive punch this season.
It didn’t take long for Archilla to make an impact.
The freshman set up the tying goal and scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime Friday to lead the Cardinals to a 2-1 win over Rutgers-Newark in the opening round of the Potsdam Collegiate Village Cup.
Rutgers-Newark grabbed the early lead when Anthony DeRisi scored just 2:50 in the contest.
“The game couldn’t have started out any worse for us,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said. “In the first 15 minutes, our back four looked like a deer in headlights. We were showing our youth.
“It was a tough way to start out the game because we gave them a gift goal. And then we were real shaky the next 10 minutes.
“But, as the game wore on, we started to get better. Matt Hamilton was awarded a penalty kick later in the half and their goalie made a great save on it. We were still down, 1-0, at the half but I still felt confident we could come back.”
It stayed 1-0 until freshman Nick Economou tied it with a header three minutes into the second stanza, with Archilla assisting.
“Hamilton sent the ball in on a free kick and Archilla headed it to Economou, who scored,” Waterbury said. “That was definitely a key goal for us.”
Neither team scored in the first overtime, but Archilla, after taking a long pass from Clay Sherman, tallied the game-winner 5:30 into the second extra session.
“Archilla was able to get behind the defense and walked in to score,” Waterbury said. “He definitely figured in the scoring today for us.
“We played a good second half and were knocking at the door at times. Then, in the overtime, our fitness was very good.”