Hornets stung by Skidmore, Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Lyndon men's soccer team fell to 0-2 on the season with two losses at the Plattsburgh State University Cardinal Classic.

Plattsburgh State 3, Lyndon State 0
The Plattsburgh State men's soccer team scored three first half goals en route to its second straight shutout and a 3-0 win against Lyndon State to claim the 2012 Cardinal Classic Championship.

It appeared to be a case of déjà vu early in the game as Mike Payne was taken down inside the box, drawing a penalty kick. Payne buried the kick in the fifth minute to give the Cardinals an early lead.

Fabian Chaparro tallied his second of the season in the 11th minute on a strike from right outside the box. Joe Aratari assisted on the goal. Aratari added his own six minutes later when he tapped in his own rebound to round out the scoring for Plattsburgh.

The Cardinals (2-0-0) carried play throughout much out the night, finishing the night with 29 shots.

Andy Heighington earned his second win without having to make a save in the first half. John Toper started the second half in the Plattsburgh net, making a big glove save off a shot by Lyndon State's Eric Nelson (Guildhall, Vt.). Zack Kruizenga finished up the game in the Cardinals' net but did not face a shot.

Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) took the loss, making seven saves in the first half for Lyndon State (0-2-0). Jason Marks took over in the second half and stopped all five shots he faced.

Payne, Nick Parrella and Nick Pourakis represented Plattsburgh on the All-Tournament Team. Skidmore's Adam Beek and Aldin Medunjanin were also honored on the team. Skidmore's Andy Ringler was named Defensive Most Valuable Player while Plattsburgh's Fabian Chaparro was recognized as the Offensive Most Valuable Player.

Skidmore 2, Lyndon State 0

Despite some great scoring opportunities for Skidmore, Lyndon State kept the Thoroughbreds at bay until the 72nd minute when Brock Bakewell found the back of the net from Aaron Krepack.

With just under three minutes to go, Aldin Medunjanin buried a pass from Joey Colvin to secure the win for Skidmore.

The Thoroughbreds (1-0-0) outshot the Hornets, 20-4. Gray stopped seven shots in the loss while Skidmore's Eli Kisselbach needed just one save for the win.