PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshman Antoine Moiboueyi (Gabon, Africa) scored his first career goal with nine minutes left in regulation Saturday night to give Plymouth State College's men's soccer team a 2-1 triumph over arch-rival Keene State at Panther Field.
The game-winning goal, which was scored from a near impossible angle along the left baseline, came after Keene goalkeeper Charlie Bailey (Charlestown, NH) had stopped Moiboueyi on his first shot attempt. Moiboueyi stayed with it, and beat Bailey to the top just inside the cross bar.
"What a great game, a great crowd, and great atmosphere," said an elated PSC coach Shawn Griffin. "They were pressing and I think they got tired. It was just a matter of opportunity. And what a great goal; Antoine was very opportunistic."
The win, before a crowd of nearly 1,000 fans at Panther Field, gave the Panthers a win in their Little East Conference opener and improves PSC to 6-0-1 overall. Keene State, which drops its LEC opener, falls to 5-4 overall.
"They wanted it more than we did," said Keene State coach Ron Butcher. "They won every 50-50 ball tonight, and that was the difference in the game."
PSC took an early lead in the game, as senior Jesse Elderkin (Concord, NH) connected on his team-leading seventh goal of the season at 9:13, with an assist from freshman Dean Ronnie (Johannesburg, South Africa). The lead lasted only six minutes, as KSC senior Chris Ahern (Charlestown, NH) answered with his team-leading eighth goal of the season at 15:47, with an assist from Phil DaRosa (Chilmark, MA).
The score remained 1-1 until late in the second half. The Panthers nearly took the lead with 14 minutes remaining on a blistering shot from 30 yards out by junior Kevin Martin (Foxboro, MA), but Bailey just got a piece of it and deflected it away as it was headed for the top right corner.
Junior Shawn Higgins (Foxboro, MA) made six saves for the Panthers, while Bailey made eight for the Owls.
The Panthers remain at home for Tuesday's game at Panther Field against Bates College (4:00 p.m.). Keene State is off until Saturday, when the Owls host Rhode Island College.
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