PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College and Finger Lakes Community College men’s soccer teams have reason to be exhausted.
The two played to scoreless overtime ties the day before the Cougars lost to Cayuga Community College and the Lakers to North Country Community College in penalty kicks.
Sunday, the two teams went at it and played to another scoreless overtime draw, with Clinton C.C., prevailing, 4-3, in penalty kicks. The game officially goes into the books as a tie for the Cougars (0-1-2).
“Both teams were tired,” Clinton coach Gene Bushey said. “We had to work hard the day before against Cayuga and they had to do the same against North Country.
“But we started out slowly today and they had the better tempo in the first half. Both teams had some opportunities to score in the second half and they nearly won it with 1:30 left in regulation when they hit the post.”
The game remained scoreless through the two overtimes before Keon Jahanbakhsh, Marcus Lefebvre, Jake Morrow and Nate Noelting all made good on their penalty kicks after Finger Lakes goalkeeper Brian Arcara stopped the first Cougar shot.
“Noelting’s goal put us ahead and then Adam Goldfarb made a save on their final shooter,” Bushey said. “It was nice to feel like we won, even though the game officially counts as a tie.”
Both teams finished with 24 shots on goal. Goldfarb finished with 21 shots to record the shutout and Arcara made 16 saves for Finger Lakes.
“It was a good game to watch,” Bushey said. “Our guys never quit. But for the first 15 minutes of the game, Finger Lakes had us on our heels.
“Jared and Evan Nichols came off the bench for us at midfield and gave us some quality minutes. And Nate Noelting had one of his best games at Clinton.”