CORTLAND, N.Y.—SUNY Cortland (5-4-1, 3-0-1 SUNYAC) got a goal from Joe Buffolino with eight seconds left to earn a 1-1 double-overtime tie with the SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team on Saturday afternoon. Freshman forward Ben Firlit scored his second career goal for the Bears.
Potsdam held the advantage in play in the first half, outshooting the Red Dragons 8-6. The Bears put five shots on Cortland goalie Tim Beauvais, while the Red Dragons returned the favor with three shots on Potsdam senior goalie Joseph Glackin. At the 36:20 mark, sophomore forward Eduardo Figueroa drove a free kick off a Cortland wall and Firlit buried the rebound. The Bears carried the 1-0 lead into the break.
The Red Dragons tipped the scales in the second half, outshooting Potsdam 9-7. Glackin remained sharp, stopping another five shots. After alternating chances over the rest of the period, Cortland was awarded a free kick with seconds left. Anthony Marinello played the ball to Buffolino, who headed into the top left corner of the net to tie the game with eight ticks left.
The Bears did everything, but score in the two 10-minute overtime periods, outshooting the Red Dragons 9-3. However, Beauvais had the final say, stopping five shots in the extra 20 minutes.
In goal Glackin finished with nine saves and Beauvais totaled 13. Potsdam outshot Cortland 24-18 and had a 9-3 advantage in corners.
Like his players, Bears Head Coach Adam Parker was disappointed in the outcome, but not the effort.
“We just couldn't get the ball out of there for eight more seconds,” Parker said. “The guys are really disappointed we didn't win because we were so close, but we played really well today. I think both games this weekend were big steps forward for us and I'm happy with the way we are playing. Mike Jackson, Alessio Vitale and our bench had a really strong game.”
The Bears return home for two contests next weekend. Potsdam takes on Oneonta on Friday at 4 p.m. and New Paltz on Saturday at 1 p.m.