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PSC blanks ECSU in LEC opener

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Junior forward Antoine Moiboueyi (Gabon, Africa) scored a pair of goals 15 minutes apart in the first half to power the Plymouth State College men's soccer team to a 2-0 win over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday in the Little East Conference opener for both schools.

Ranked eighth in New England, Plymouth (5-2) was backed by Moiboueyi's team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the season in defeating the Warriors (0-7) for the fourth straight season. Eastern was shut out for the fourth straight match and for the fifth time this year.

Moiboueyi, who did not play in Plymouth's 3-2 overtime win over Eastern a year ago due to a red-card suspension, wasted no time giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead this time around. With just 2:13 expired, he gathered a loose ball in the box and fired a hard shot under the crossbar, over the dive of on-rushing ECSU junior goalie Doug Craig. Fifteen minutes later, Moiboueyi made it 2-0 when he leaped to head in teammate Magnus Eriksson's (Arjang, Sweden) long chip into the box, sending a looping shot over the head of Craig, who had raced out in an attempt to grab the pass.

Plymouth State, which has allowed only three goals in its five wins, outshot ECSU 22-6. Junior keeper Scott Laine (Spencer, Mass.) needed only two saves to record the shutout, his second this season and third in his career.

PSC returns home for a pair of games this week at Panther Field -- Wednesday (Sept. 27) vs. Bates (6 p.m.) and next Saturday (Sept. 30) vs. arch-rival Keene State (3 p.m.)