The SUNY Potsdam men’s soccer team (1-8-1, 0-3 SUNYAC) fell
to SUNY Cortland (4-5-1, 2-0) 5-0 this afternoon. Red Dragons Steve Bartkowski and Andrew Schwert each scored two goals for Cortland.
Cortland slowly built momentum in the first half until Bartkowski scored in the 22nd minute.
Bears Head Coach Adam Parker said the first goal really set the course of the match.
“He (Bartkowski) scored a great goal from about 25 yards out and our guys were kind of shell shocked,” said Parker. “We played better later in the half, but again the second goal took the life out of us.”
The Red Dragons’ second goal came from Schwert after he took control of a loose ball in front of the net at 27:43. The score remained 2-0 at the half.
In the second half Cortland put the game away. In the 66th minute, Schwert finished a pass from E.J. Reutemann. Less than two minutes later Reutemann set up Bartkowski’s second tally for a 4-0 advantage. At the 71:30 mark, Bears’ sophomore goalie Joe Glackin (Latham, N.Y./Shaker), who finished with two saves, was replaced by junior goalie Evan Smith (Glens Falls, N.Y./So. Glens Falls). Smith made two saves and surrendered a final goal to Bryan DiBuono in the remaining 18:30.
Cortland goalkeeper Patrick Pidgeon played 78:22 and made one save before giving way to Niko Martinez-Reyes who stopped one shot in the last 11:38.
Potsdam is back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. when the Bears travel to Oswego to take on the Lakers.