PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team took the lead late in the first half Saturday and built on it.
The Cardinals (7-1-1, 1-0-0) scored three unanswered goals after intermission to pull away to a 4-0 victory over Potsdam at the Plattsburgh State Field House Soccer Complex in the SUNY Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
“It was awfully nice to get four goals after the way we’ve been struggling to finish,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said. “I was real happy it went that way for us.
“There’s nothing better than to start the conference season at 1-0 and I can’t think of anything worse if you start out 0-1. We had talked to the players about focusing on a positive game. It was a good team win for us.”
Both the Cardinals and Bears (6-4-0, 0-1-0) made some offensive runs in the opening half, but it remained a scoreless game until the 40:38 mark.
Starting Potsdam keeper Nick Davies left the game with a leg injury at the 40:22 mark and his replacement, Stefan Sloma, wasn’t in net long when Chris Bowden gave the Cardinals the lead just 16 seconds later.
Joe Aratari crossed the ball to Bowden, who trapped it and found the back of the net from in close.
“They had to make a goalie change, but I’d like to think we were knocking at the door anyhow,” Waterbury said. “You can’t look at that goal and say it was the new goalie’s fault.
“I was a little nervous when it was still 0-0 for much of the first half. We were doing a lot of good things and it could have been a better score for us. But our team speed was evident and getting that goal near the end of the half was massive for us.”
Steve Zacharczyk, who came off the bench as did Bowden, added to Plattsburgh’s lead just 4:51 into the second half after taking a cross from Nick Parrella and tapping the ball into the open net.