PSUC takes card classic crown
Cards blank Lyndon State in championship
Published: Sunday, September 2, 2012
Updated: Sunday, September 2, 2012 02:09
The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team got off to another quick start Saturday night as it was able to dominate its opponent once again, defeating Lyndon State, 3-0, in the Cardinal Classic championship game.
Much like the previous game against Johnson State, PSUC (2-0) scored on a penalty kick to start things off. Midfielder Mike Payne once again put the ball in the back of the net on his second penalty kick attempt of the season, drilling a hard shot in the lower left corner past Lyndon State (0-2) goalkeeper Jason Gray in the 5th minute.
Plattsburgh head coach Chris Waterbury didn’t deny that Payne might be their go to guy for penalty kicks this season, and that is a role that the senior midfielder is comfortable with.
“I’ll step up and take them every time if I’m on the field,” Payne said.
It didn’t take long for the Cardinals to find the back of the net again, as Fabian Chaparro booted a laser off of one hop into the upper left corner of the goal from the top of the box in the 11th minute.
Joe Aratari later got his name in the goal column when he took a ball that bounced off the top crossbar, trapped it to himself and put it past Gray from close range in the 17th minute.
However, after that the Cards were unable to score any more goals, although there were a few scoring opportunities in the second half. Waterbury said he noticed the drop in offensive pressure by PSUC as the game progressed, and that is something that he believes they must improve on.
“As we made substitutions, we took our foot off the pedal and started relaxing,” he said. “Unfortunately we know, to do well in the conference, we’re going to have to be better — simple as that.”
While Payne agreed that the team must play a complete game from start to finish, he said he believes this team has a chance to make some noise this season.
“I have really high expectations,” he said. “I don’t want to say anything to early because it’s only the second game, but I think that we can go far. We have the people, we have the heart, it’s just a matter of putting all of the pieces together.”
The Cards once again dominated their opponent as they outshot the Lyndon State Hornets 29-2.
Three PSUC players were selected for the All-Tournament Team. Payne and Nick Pourakis were two of the three chosen, while Chaparro was named Offensive MVP of the tournament.
The Cards have a few days off before they have a stretch of three road games starting Sept. 5, when they will face off against Norwich University (2-0) at 4 p.m. in Northfield, Vt.
Skidmore vs. Johnson State
The Skidmore Thoroughbreds (2-0) won for a second straight day, coming away with a victory during the first game of the second day of the Cardinal Classic on Saturday. Skidmore defeated Johnson State (0-2), 2-0.
Skidmore forward Ike Okpoebo was able to start things off when he scored off an assist from midfielder Joe Phalen in the 15th minute of the first half. In the 36th minute, forward Gildas Girimana was able to expand the lead to 2-0 off an assist from midfielder Andrew Pertsov.
Skidmore was unable to do any more damage as the game wore on, though they seemingly dominated as they outshot Johnson State 24-0.