PLATTSBURGH — When Fabian Chaparro scored with 32:28 gone in the second half to give the Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team a 2-0 lead Friday afternoon, everything was looking good for the home team.
Then disaster nearly struck.
Andrew Dugan scored two goals on headers in the final 11 minutes of regulation to pull Buffalo State even and force overtime.
Fortunately for the Cardinals, however, Chaparro found the net with a bicycle kick one minute into overtime and Plattsburgh survived 3-2 in SUNY Athletic Conference play at the Field House Soccer Complex.
“We’re banged up right now and we had to play a lot of people today,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said. “We’re just trying to get through the weekend.”
Chaparro gave the Cardinals (10-3-1, 4-2 SUNYAC) a 2-0 advantage when he beat a Buffalo State defender after getting the ball from Matt Hamilton.
But Dugan scored from in close at 34:15 and then tied the game, heading in C.J. Scirto’s corner kick at 39:39.
The game went into overtime, and Joe Aratari picked up the assist on Chaparro’s rare kick.
“I can’t ever remember winning a game in dramatic fashion like that, with a bicycle kick,” Waterbury said. “We’ve had all kinds of games this year and all kinds of games that have gone into overtime.
“But I have mixed emotions about the game because it never should have gone that far. When you play a prevent defense, it prevents you from winning. We started playing not to make a mistake and got away from what we do best. When we were going hard at them, good things were happening.
“They have two 6-5 guys on the roster, and one of them scored their two goals. We didn’t have Nick Economou in there today, and we needed him against that kind of size. We didn’t have answers for them in the box.”