Laker Men’s Soccer Drops Double-Overtime Decision

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – Mateo Cordini scored his fourth goal of the season two minutes into the second overtime period to give New Paltz (4-3-1, 1-1-0 SUNYAC) a 1-0 victory over the Oswego State men’s soccer team (1-7-0, 0-2-0 SUNYAC) Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks owned a 25-9 shot advantage, but were unable to get the ball past Laker goalkeeper Pat Breen (Sr., Palmyra, N.Y.) until Cordini posted the game-winner.

The Oswego State defense was tested in the first half as New Paltz owned the edge in possession time, but stood up to the challenge as both teams went into halftime in a scoreless deadlock.

The Hawks started the second half in the same way until the Lakers turned the tables between the 60th and 76th minutes.

During that time, head coach Bob Friske’s squad got off three shots, including two that were on goal. New Paltz got back on track for the final ten minutes of regulation, which saw the Hawks fire off seven shots, four of which were saved by Breen to force overtime.

New Paltz earned a corner kick early in the extra frame, but a shot was blocked at the top of the box. Both teams each had an additional shot that missed the net to earn a second overtime.

On the very first shot of the stanza, Cordini took a bicycle kick near the top of the box that went into the right corner of the goal to end the game. Shanshe Khosroshvili earned an assist on the play.

Breen ended the contest with 11 saves, while Steven Domino recorded five stops for the shutout.

The Lakers return home next weekend for two games against Potsdam and Plattsburgh as the program also hosts its alumni.