September 25, 2013

Hamilton's goal lifts PSU men over Utica


---- — UTICA — The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 1-0 nonconference victory at Utica College Tuesday night.

Matt Hamilton’s second-half goal lifted the Cardinals (6-1-1) to the win.

“It was a good team effort,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said.

“They pounded us in the first 15 minutes and had something like seven corner kicks. It wasn’t a case of us playing badly, but them playing well. We weathered the storm, however, and then played a great second half.”

It remained a scoreless game until Nick Parrella assisted on Hamilton’s game-winner, which came with 9:45 left in regulation.

“Parrella got hurt in the Skidmore game and we didn’t know if he would be able to play tonight,” Waterbury said. “But he came off the bench for us.

“He took the ball down the right side and got to the end line where he drove the ball across the box in a crowd. Hamilton was on the side of the net when he settled the ball and calmly put it in the net.”

Plattsburgh State finished with a 9-4 shot advantage, with Mitchell Jordon recording the shutout with one save.

“Jordon was there when we needed him to be,” Waterbury said. “Our back four played fantastic in front of him — Utica’s a good team. Our defense was sound and safe.

“Offensively, we scored just the one goal but were able to create some chances. We subbed five or six guys and I felt our bench was deeper and better.”

Anthony Caruso made three saves in net for Utica (3-5).

The Cardinals open up SUNY Athletic Conference play at 1 p.m. at home on Saturday against Potsdam.

Plattsburgh State 1, Utica College 0

Plattsburgh State 0 1 — 1

Utica College 0 0 — 0

Second half- 1, PSU, Hamilton (Parrella), 35:15.

Shots: Plattsburgh 9, Utica 4.

Saves: Jordon, PSU, 1. Caruso, U, 3.