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PSC Men's Soccer goalkeeper earns top LEC honor

By George Hodgson, Student Assistant

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College's goalkeeper was recognized for his efforts last week as he received Little East Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week honors.

Senior Shawn Higgins (Foxboro, MA) was selected LEC Player of the Week after posting two shutouts last week, including a victory over LEC rival Eastern Connecticut. Higgins recorded four saves against ECSU in the 2-0 win as PSC improved to 7-0-0 in the conference and earned its third straight LEC title. Higgins also made three saves in a 3-0 win at St. Michael's last Thursday.

The net must look small for the opposition because Higgins has allowed only six goals in 16 games. The senior leads the LEC with a stingy 0.38 goals against average, and shares the conference lead with seven shutouts.

Seventh-year head coach Shawn Griffin has guided the Panthers to 14 wins and two ties with just two regular season games remaining. Griffin has coached the Panthers to a perfect 14-0 record in the LEC in the past two years. The team is ranked #2 in New England and #10 in the nation in the NSCAA Division III polls, and edges closer to its second straight NCAA Tournament berth and third in four years.

The Panthers will try to remain undefeated when they play their final two regular season games at home. PSC will take the field under the lights on Wednesday (Nov. 4), when it hosts Rivier College at 6:30 p.m. The last game of the season will be played this Saturday (Nov. 7) against Brandeis at 2:00 p.m. PSC's five titles since the conference began men's soccer were in 1989, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

PANTHER NOTES: PSC forward Jesse Elderkin (Concord, NH) leads the offense with 31 points on 14 goals and three assists. The Panther forward is 3rd in the LEC averaging 1.94 points per game. Elderkin has scored at least one goal in 10 of the 16 games played this season. Coming off the bench for PSC is forward Antoine Moiboueyi (Gabon, Africa), who has helped the Panthers by putting on a strong second half surge. The rookie has scored all 10 of his goals in the last 10 games, including two game winners. Moiboueyi also has a hat trick, scoring three goals in a 5-1 win over Rhode Island College on October 10th.

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