September 5, 2013

Hamilton nets game-winner in OT for Cardinals


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer, for the second time in three games, found a way to win in overtime.

Matt Hamilton scored on a free kick with just 31 seconds remaining in the second extra session Wednesday night to give the Cardinals (3-0) a 3-2 victory over Norwich University in non-league action at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse Complex.

“No question, we had some class performances (Thursday),” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said. “But this was a really good team win for us.

“At no point in the game, when I looked around at our players, was anyone’s head down. And once again, we had showed good maturity in the locker room at the half.”

It was a 1-all game at the half before Ryan Campbell scored on a header in the box to give the Cadets (2-1) the lead 13:48 into the second stanza.

“We came out strong in the second half, but Norwich was able to get a goal to take the lead,” Waterbury said.

“Then, with about 17 or 18 minutes left in regulation, we pulled a defender for an extra forward. We were able to get to the end line a little later and the next thing you know, it’s 2-2.”

Hamilton sent a pass in the box to Nick Parrella, who knotted the score with 14:30 left in regulation.

“Mitchell Jordon didn’t see a lot of action in goal for us, but he came up huge with about a minute and a half to go,” Waterbury said. “He made a save from point-blank range and was able to smother it.”

It remained tied until Hamilton gave the Cardinals the exciting victory with less than one minute remaining.

“Hamilton made a great free kick,” Waterbury said. “It came from about 25 yards out. Norwich set up a three-man wall and Joe Aratari was to the side of it. Matt sent in a really hard shot along the ground that Joe dummied and let go.

“Their goalie didn’t see it until late and the ball went into the corner. It was a well-placed shot.”

Plattsburgh started well, but wasn’t able to take the lead until the 41:11 mark of the first half when Chris Bowden scored his first Cardinal goal on a header in front.

But, shortly after at 43:00, Norwich drew even on Alec Brigante’s header.

“We had several really good chances to score in the first half before we finally did,” Waterbury said. “But then they came back.

“We were a little disappointed going into the half tied at 1-all because we felt we had played well and deserved to be ahead.”

The Cardinals finished with a 27-8 advantage in shots on goal, with Jordon finishing with three saves and Christian Hallstrom 12 for the Cadets.

“Norwich is a team that can expose our weaknesses because they are direct and at times they were able to dictate the game,” Waterbury said. “But, at times, we looked very good.

“Once we started playing the feet more, we became more dangerous. I have to give credit to our guys.”

The Cardinals remain home for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday night against Bard College.

Plattsburgh State 3, Norwich 2, OT

Norwich 1 1 0 0 — 2

Plattsburgh 1 1 0 1 — 3

First half- 1, PSU, Bowden (Votraw), 41:11. 2, Nor, Brigante (Keslin), 43:00.

Second half- 3, Nor, Campbell (Bristol), 13:48. 4, PSU, Parrella (Hamilton), 30:30.

Second overtime- 5, PSU, Hamilton, 9:31.

Shots: Plattsburgh 27, Norwich 8.

Saves: Jordon, PSU, 3. Hallstrom, Nor, 12