Men's Soccer extends streak
Cards shut out Clarkson, 2-0
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 01:09
The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team got off to a bit of a slow start Wednesday night, but defeated Clarkson, 2-0, to remain undefeated at 8-0 while Clarkson remains winless at 0-5-1.
PSUC allowed Clarkson to get off only two shots in the first half, as the score was 0-0 at halftime.
When the second half began however, the Cards began picking up the tempo and started forcing the Golden Knights to play a faster paced game.
PSUC head coach Chris Waterbury, told his team that if they could just get one goal then another one would follow, and that proved to be just the case.
After missing a few chances early in the second half, the Cards finally struck when midfielder Matt Martin received a ball from Harvey Azra and weaved down the right sideline toward the corner. Martin gained separation from his defender and hit a perfect ball across the box where it found the leg of midfielder Mike Payne. Payne took the ball and popped it over Clarkson goalkeeper, Scott Stuart, to make the score 1-0 in the 69th minute.
Waterbury attributed Payne’s goal to one player in particular.
“It all started when Harvey Azra got in the game,” he said. “He received the ball in the center of the field under duress with a pretty good crowd around him. He was able to hold and survive with the ball and ended up laying the ball outside, (and) we played the ball through.”
After that, Martin and Payne took care of the rest.
The Cards continued the pressure and six minutes later Tom Greene was able to put one past the goalkeeper in the 75th minute after he took a pass from forward Nick Parrella, and then made a quick move on the defender to break free inside the box for the shot. The goal marked Greene’s first of the season.
PSUC will look to continue its current win streak when they play at conference foe Potsdam State (2-5-0) Saturday at 1 p.m.