SCHENECTADY — Something had to give Saturday with the Plattsburgh State and Union College men’s soccer teams both bringing in unbeaten 4-0 records to their non-conference showdown.
What gave was an overtime tie.
Daniel Miller’s goal with 14:08 gone in the second half prevented the Dutchmen from suffering their first loss of the season as the two teams battled to a 1-all standoff.
“It was a good test for us — Union has a good season going,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said. “It was a good game.”
The Cardinals (4-0-1) grabbed the lead late in the first half when Shaq Jackson-Lee scored his first goal of the season with 2:14 remaining in the stanza.
Steve Zacharczyk’s initial shot was blocked and Jackson-Lee picked up the rebound and fired the ball into the bottom left corner.
“What was kind of funny was that I felt we got dominated in the first half, even though we had a 1-0 lead,” Waterbury said. “We also had a goal called back late in the half and I can’t tell you why. It would have been massive if we would have been ahead, 2-0.
“But, in my opinion, I felt we got outplayed in the first half and couldn’t get going. I don’t think it was all a matter of us playing that poorly. Give Union credit for coming out hard. We were not the better team by far.”
Miller, on his tying goal, took a feed from Jake Soodek and sent a shot into the lower right corner of the net.
“Even though they scored to tie it, I felt we grew as a team as the game progressed,” Waterbury said. “We really played well in the second half and into the overtimes. We had some great chances.
“They flooded a lot of players into the midfield and we struggled with that until we made some changes in the second half. We inserted Ryan Miller, Shaq Jackson-Lee and Steve Zacharczyk into the game and they helped us right the ship.”