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November 3, 2013

Archilla nets two, Cardinals head to SUNYAC semifinals

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team has been looking for a true goal scorer all season.

Alexis Archilla stepped up Saturday afternoon.

The freshman forward scored both goals in the Cardinals’ 2-1 win over Buffalo State in the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals held at the Field House Soccer Complex.

The win sends fourth-seeded Plattsburgh (13-5-1) into the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at top-seeded Oneonta (11-3-4, 7-0-2). Plattsburgh dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at Oneonta during the regular season.

“It’s one and done and we get to play another game,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said.

Once again, the Cardinals held the edge in play with a 23-7 advantage in shots, including a 15-3 edge in the second half. Plattsburgh also had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

But the game was tied, at 1-all, until Archilla tallied the game-winning goal with 7:27 left in regulation.

Nelson Vetter assisted on the play, which was the end result of a corner kick that eventually found its way to Archilla, who was in the center at the top of the box. Archilla drilled a shot inside the post to the left of Buffalo State keeper Michael Moraitis.

“I was a little disappointed because I thought we could have been more dangerous,” Waterbury said. “But Buffalo State is a much-improved team and they were playing good soccer at the end of the season.”

The Cardinals held an 8-4 edge in shots in the first half, but neither team was able to get on the board.

It stayed scoreless until Archilla tallied his first goal of the game, with 20:24 gone in the second half.

The ball was sent in the Buffalo State end and Nick Parrella slipped it to Archilla, who was making a run on the right. Archilla was able to beat Moraitis with a low shot to the far corner of the net.

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