PLATSBURGH – Scores don’t always indicate how a team is playing.
That’s what Plattsburgh State men’s football coach Chris Taylor said about his team following a 1-1 draw with Oswego (1-2-4, 0-0-1 ), Friday, during the SUNYAC match.
Jimmy Alexander scored the Cardinals ‘lone goal (3-3-1, 0-0-1), while Caleb Munski scored from a penalty to represent the Lakers’ lone scorer.
“In our sport, unfortunately, the score is not always a good indicator of what happened in the game because it is a low scoring sport,” said Taylor. “We play this game, and nine times out of 10, we win it.
“We dominated everything. We dominated every start. We dominated possession. We dominated the shots. We should have scored one or two more. We did everything we needed to do except put it in the back of the net. nets. “
It was the Cardinals’ first conference game since November 9, 2019, when they fell to Oneonta in the SUNYAC Championship.
Plattsburgh extended their game against Oswego at the distance, but almost finished it with a few seconds left in second overtime.
A bouncing ball near the Lakers ‘defensive third landed at the feet of the Cardinals’ Juan Velez who unleashed a shot towards the net that went right by with three seconds left.
Velez fell to his knees after seeing his strike miss the mark and realized he was so close to giving Plattsburgh the victory when the final horn sounded.
“It’s in the moment,” Velez said. “It was right there. It was a tough shot, but I did my best.
“I think we should have won the game and finished the opportunities we had, and for (Saturday against Cortland) we have to take whatever opportunities we have.”
The Cardinals will have a quick turnaround and host No.18 Cortland at 1 p.m. Saturday.
“They won’t get over it, but nobody is going to get over it,” said Taylor, explaining how his team can come back physically after an overtime affair. “We’re going to have to go further on the bench. It’s a next-player mentality. It’s not ideal, but it’s like that in our league, and it’s the same for everyone. are going to need performances from guys who maybe haven’t had any opportunities yet, and this is their chance. “
Alexander put Plattsburgh on the board with 13:53 in the first half after leading a Kevin Abbondanza free kick.
That lead didn’t last long, however, as Munski took advantage of a penalty opportunity and buried it around seven minutes after the Cardinals took the lead.
“We have started well,” said Plattsburgh defenseman Andrew Braverman. “The first 15-20 minutes was all of us. We were really dynamic. The PK kind of picked up momentum for a good five minutes. They did a good little spell, but I think we did. good work to work hard and build up momentum on our side. “
The remainder of the first half and most of the second saw the Cardinals control possession and have a handful of quality scoring opportunities.
Overtime was pretty much the same, except the Lakers hit the goal post once in second overtime.
Plattsburgh finished with a 6-3 advantage in shots on target.
Teddy Healy made two saves for the Cardinals and Oswego goaltender Brian Terra stopped five shots.
There was physical play throughout the game, Plattsburgh and the Lakers were given four yellow cards.
For the Cardinals, they hope the momentum they’ve gained from the tie will continue until their clash with the Red Dragons, who beat Potsdam, 2-1, to open the conference portion of their schedule on Friday.
“We had that marked on the calendar so we’ll be good to go,” Braverman said.
Plattsburgh State 1, Oswego 1 (OT)
OSW 1 0 0 0 – 1
PSU 1 0 0 0 – 1
First half- 1, PSU, Alexander (Abbondanza), 13:53. 2, OSW, Munski, PK, 20:46.
Blows- Plattsburgh State, 15-9.
Checked in- Terra, OSW, 5. Healy, PSU, 2.
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