A goal by Northern Illinois’ Gael Rivera midway through the second half held up as the host Huskies downed the visiting Hartwick men’s soccer team, 1-0, in a Mid-American Conference game Saturday.
Rivera got a rebound at the penalty mark and shot on Hartwick goalkeeper Mateo Munarriz, who made a point-blank save. The ball bounced to the left side of the box and was served back to Isaac Kannah, who sent it back to Rivera for a high header inside the far post.
The Hawks (3-5-2, 1-1) took the last four shots but failed to score the equalizer. Sophomore Rio Dhat sent two shots over the bar, junior Tim Crawford had a shot blocked, and a Cleyon Brown volley from the left side of goal went wide.
“We did not come out the way we needed on the road to and it showed,” Hartwick head coach John Scott said. “We could have been down, 3-0, in the first half.”
Munarriz made two saves for Hartwick, which was outshot, 12-8.
The loss drops the Hawks’ all-time record against the Huskies (3-5-2, 2-0) to 4-3. ‘Wick last beat NIU in 2010, 1-0 on the road.
Hartwick visits Bucknell on Wednesday.
Plattsburgh 3, O-State 2, OT
Tom Green’s second goal came in the 102nd minute as the host Cardinals beat Oneonta State in a double-overtime SUNY Athletic Conference game.
Defending SUNYAC Tournament champion Oneonta (7-4-1, 4-2) trailed, 1-0 and 2-1, but tied the score each time. Jeff Christian scored both equalizers, the second in the 67th minute.
Freshman Colin Balkwell started in goal for Oneonta and allowed both first-half goals. Sophomore Daniel DeBottis took over after halftime and made four saves before Plattsburgh (13-1, 4-1) scored the winner.
O-State visits Skidmore on Wednesday.
O-State 3, Plattsburgh 0
Junior Melissa Guglielmo scored Oneonta’s first two goals to bring her team-leading total to six on the season as the Red Dragons cruised to a SUNYAC win at home.