Potsdam, N.Y.—SUNY New Paltz scored in the 87th minute to defeat the SUNY Potsdam men’s soccer team 1-0. Junior forward Jimmy Altadonna (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) got the game-winner for the Hawks (6-6, 3-3 SUNYAC).
New Paltz started quickly, nearly grabbing the lead less than two minutes into the game. Altadonna fired a loose ball off a direct kick, but Bears’ sophomore goalkeeper Joe Glackin (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) was there for the save. The play evened out shortly after the opening chance. New Paltz outshot Potsdam 9-2 in the first 45 minutes, but the shots on goal were nearly even with Glackin making three saves and Hawk freshman goalkeeper Conor Power (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) stopping two shots.
It was more back-and-forth play in the second half, with each team unable to grab the momentum early. After a physical middle of the period, New Paltz was finally able to sustain some pressure on the Potsdam defense.
That pressure resulted in two Hawk corner kicks with under five minutes to go. New Paltz broke finally broke through almost two minutes later. Hawk senior forward Michael Ackerman (Castleton, N.Y./Maple Hill) passed the ball ahead to senior forward Dave Gardiner (Malta, N.Y./Ballston Spa).
Gardiner’s shot hit the post and Potsdam defenders were unable to clear the rebound. Altadonna was there to finish the job with 3:03 remaining.
The Bears were unable to rally for the equalizer.
Glackin finished with four saves for Potsdam (2-9-1, 1-4), while Power also stopped four shots for the shutout.
Bears Head Coach Adam Parker told his players they had nothing to hang their heads about after another heartbreaker.
“I told the guys that the effort was great. I can’t be upset with them at all,” said Parker. “This (New Paltz) is a good team and they have some very good players. Really, I don’t think anybody had a bad game for us at all.”
The Bears host SUNY Oneonta tomorrow for a 1 p.m. match.