GLASSBORO, N.J. - The Plymouth State College men's soccer team finished runner-up in the 2000 Sunkist Kick-Off Classic over the Labor Day Weekend, finishing on opposite ends of a pair of 1-0 contests.
The Panthers, led by first-year head coach Keith Byrnes, advanced to the championship game with a 1-0 sudden-victory decision Saturday over Virginia Wesleyan. PSC was then nipped by host Rowan University in Monday's championship match-up, 1-0. The hosts are ranked fourth in the nation in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America pre-season poll.
The title game, which was postponed due to rain and lightning Sunday evening with 24:43 left in the first half, was restarted as a new game Monday. Rowan midfielder Mauricio Gaitan scored the game-winner at the 56:36 mark, knocking in a rebound after his first shot was saved by PSC sophomore keeper Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, NJ).
Wilby finished the game with nine saves, and was named to the All-Tournament Team after allowing only one goal and making 16 saves in 181 minutes of action. His whitewash of Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday was his fourth career shutout.
Joining Wilby on the All-Tournament Team from PSC were backs Magnus Eriksson (Arjang, Sweden) and Simon Sendowski (Gothenburg, Sweden). Rowan midfielder Ignacio Scarella was selected tournament Most Valuable Player.
PSC, 1-1, will play its home opener this Sunday (Sept. 10) against Rivier College at Panther Field (6 p.m.).