Men's soccer falls at Plattsburgh in SUNYAC opener


PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.—Plattsburgh State (7-1-1, 1-0 SUNYAC) scored three second half goals to pull away from the SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team (6-4, 0-1) for a 4-0 victory in the conference opener on Saturday afternoon. Chris Bowden scored twice for the Cardinals.

Plattsburgh held the edge in the play in the first half, outshooting Potsdam 11-3, but only four shots were on goal. The Bears defense held until late in the half. At 40:22, freshman goalkeeper Nick Davies left the contest with an injury. He was replaced by senior Stefan Sloma, who made his soccer debut after earning All-SUNYAC recognition as a lacrosse goalie last spring. The Cardinals greeted Sloma rudely just four seconds later. Joe Aratari found Bowden right in front of the goal and he tapped it home. Plattsburgh took the one-goal lead into the break.

The Cardinals tacked on three more goals in the second half to distance themselves from the Bears. Just 4:41 into the final period, Nick Parella set up Steve Zacharcyk to double the advantage. Three minutes later Matt Hamilton struck for an unassisted goal. In the 75th minute, Bowden struck again to close the scoring at 4-0. The Cardinal defense played steady the remainder of the contest to keep Potsdam off the board.

Plattsburgh goalie Mitchell Jordon finished with three saves for the shutout. Sloma was tagged with the loss, stopping three shots in 49:38. Davies also made three saves in just over 40 shutout minutes.

The Bears return home Friday, Oct. 4, when they host Cortland at 4 p.m.