PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team scored twice in the second half, handing the Clarkson Golden Knights a 2-0 loss Wednesday night at the Field House Soccer Complex.
The win marks the fourth shutout of the season for the Cardinals, who improve to 8-0. With the loss, Clarkson drops to on the year.
The best scoring chance of the half came in the 44th minute when a header by Nick Pourakis was blocked by a Golden Knights’ defender. A few seconds later, Plattsburgh freshman Fabian Chaparro picked up the rebound, firing a shot from close range that soared just above the net.
“I thought Clarkson did a nice job of controlling the tempo early in the game. They were doing a couple things a little different, some extra players in the midfield,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Waterbury said. “It took us probably half the half to adjust. As the game wore on, we wore them down.
“I thought the second half was real good for us. We put some good things together. It just took us a long time to get the first goal, which was frustrating because we were doing good things.”
Erik Hakim appeared poised to break the tie in the 66th minute, but the Golden Knights got lucky as his header ricocheted off the crossbar.
The Cardinals finally broke through at 69:47 when Matt Martin’s cross pass found Mike Payne, who chipped a shot over Clarkson goaltender Scott Stuart to give Plattsburgh a 1-0 lead.
Junior forward Tom Greene made it a two-goal lead with his first of the year in the 76th minute. Greene took a pass from Nick Parrella before turning past a defender and firing a shot from the middle of the box to find the back of the net.
Plattsburgh goalkeeper Andy Heighington made three saves to earn his seventh victory.
Stuart turned away five of the seven shots he faced in the loss for Clarkson.
The Cardinals held a 15-6 advantage in shots and took five corner kicks, while the Golden Knights (0-5-1)took one in the first half.
“I thought we played well defensively. One of the things we’ve been stressing, Andy and the back four were solid, but it was more about a team effort defensively,” Waterbury said. “My thought process is if we have the ball — I know it sounds simple — but it’s a great way to play defense. So we did a good job of 1, team defense and 2, maintaining possession.”
Plattsburgh has won 13-straight contests against Clarkson — a streak that dates back to the 1999 season.
After going undefeated against eight nonconference opponents, Plattsburgh is set to begin the second part of its season — SUNY Athletic Conference play. The Cardinals visit Potsdam on Saturday.
“I think at this point we just have to continue to grow as a team,” Waterbury said. “We’re not perfect by any means. We definitely have some work to do to keep progressing in a positive manner.”
Plattsburgh State 2, Clarkson 0
Clarkson 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh State 0 2 — 2
1, PSU, Payne (Martin), 24:47. 2, PSU, Greene (Parrella), 30:45.
Plattsburgh State 15, Clarkson 6.
Saves: Heighington, PSU, 3. Stuart, Clark, 5.