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.”
The Cardinals finished with a 20-17 advantage in shots on goal, including a 12-5 edge in the second half.
Both goaltenders made some key saves, with John Toper stopping eight shots for Plattsburgh and Ryan Carter making 10 saves for Union. Carter finished with seven saves in the second half alone.
The Cardinals’ Matt Hamilton had two shots on goal in the second overtime.
“John played especially well in the first half to keep us in the game,” Waterbury said.
“When you look at the game as a whole, a tie was a just result and it won’t hurt us down the road.”
Plattsburgh is back in action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday with a non-conference game at Clarkson University.
Plattsburgh State 1
Union College 1, OT
Plattsburgh State 1 0 0 0 — 1
Union College 0 1 0 0 — 1
First half- 1, PSU, Jackson-Lee, 42:46.
Second half- 2, U, Miller (Soodek), 14:08.
Shots: Plattsburgh State 20, Union College 17.
Saves: Toper, PSU, 8. Carter, U, 10.