By JOHN CORYER Press-Republican
---- — PLATTSBURGH — When Fabian Chaparro scored with 32:28 gone in the second half to give the Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team a 2-0 lead Friday afternoon, everything was looking good for the home team.
Then disaster nearly struck.
Andrew Dugan scored two goals on headers in the final 11 minutes of regulation to pull Buffalo State even and force overtime.
Fortunately for the Cardinals, however, Chaparro found the net with a bicycle kick one minute into overtime and Plattsburgh survived 3-2 in SUNY Athletic Conference play at the Field House Soccer Complex.
“We’re banged up right now and we had to play a lot of people today,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said. “We’re just trying to get through the weekend.”
Chaparro gave the Cardinals (10-3-1, 4-2 SUNYAC) a 2-0 advantage when he beat a Buffalo State defender after getting the ball from Matt Hamilton.
But Dugan scored from in close at 34:15 and then tied the game, heading in C.J. Scirto’s corner kick at 39:39.
The game went into overtime, and Joe Aratari picked up the assist on Chaparro’s rare kick.
“I can’t ever remember winning a game in dramatic fashion like that, with a bicycle kick,” Waterbury said. “We’ve had all kinds of games this year and all kinds of games that have gone into overtime.
“But I have mixed emotions about the game because it never should have gone that far. When you play a prevent defense, it prevents you from winning. We started playing not to make a mistake and got away from what we do best. When we were going hard at them, good things were happening.
“They have two 6-5 guys on the roster, and one of them scored their two goals. We didn’t have Nick Economou in there today, and we needed him against that kind of size. We didn’t have answers for them in the box.”
Plattsburgh got on the board early in the contest when Tom Greene got to the end line and sent a low cross to the far side of the net where Ethan Votraw was there to score at the 5:48 mark.
The Cardinals continued to carry the majority of play but weren’t able to take a lead until Chaparro’s first goal of the game.
“We have the ability to create an extraordinary amount of offensive chances,” Waterbury said. “But we have trouble with the final product — we don’t have a true finisher right now.
“I can’t argue that we controlled 75 percent of the game today. We were flying and creating so many chances. But we just don’t have that puncher’s knockout to finish off opponents.”
The Cardinals finished with a 17-10 shot advantage. Mitchell Jordon made five stops for Plattsburgh and Ian Huntoon four for Buffalo State (6-7-1, 2-4).
“Matt Hamilton and Fabian Chaparro were outstanding for us,” Waterbury said.
The Cardinals now host Fredonia, a 3-2 loser at Potsdam State on Friday, at 1 p.m. today.
Plattsburgh State 3, Buffalo State 2 (OT)
Buffalo State 0 2 0 — 2
Plattsburgh State 1 1 1 — 3
First half- 1, PSU, Votraw (Greene), 5:48.
Second half- 2, PSU, Chaparro (Hamilton), 32:28. 3, BS, Dugan (Simonelli), 34:15. 4, BS, Dugan (Scirto), 39:39.
First overtime- 5, PSU, Chaparro (Aratari), 1:00.
Shots: Plattsburgh State 17, Buffalo State 10.
Saves: Huntoon, BS, 4. Jordon, PSU, 5.