PLYMOUTH, N.H. - In a battle of two of New England's top men's soccer teams, eight-ranked Plymouth State College captured a 2-0 victory over third-ranked Bates College Wednesday evening in a close match-up at Panther Field.
PSC senior Jeremy Gasowski (Lee, N.H.) assisted on PSC's first goal and scored the insurance marker to lead the Panther attack. The stingy Panther defense allowed only four shots on goal, all in the second half, and sophomore keeper Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.) made three saves for his second shutout of the season.
The win improves PSC's overall record to 6-2, while Bates, which is also ranked #24 nationally, fell to 3-2.
The Panthers came out of the gate on fire, scoring a goal just 64 seconds after the opening whistle. Junior Antoine Moiboueyi (Gabon, Africa) rifled a shot on which Bates goalkeeper Dan Spector (Framingham, Mass.) needed to make a diving save. On the ensuing corner kick, Gasowski lined a cross that sophomore Sal Friello (West Haven, Conn.) redirected with his head to give PSC a 1-0 lead.
Midway through the second half, Gasowski struck again for the Panthers. Taking a pass on the left side from freshman Brian Hanafin (Londonderry, N.H.), Gasowski beat Spector from about 15 yards out to the lower right corner for a two-goal lead, and the Panther defense held the rest of the way.
PSC outshot Bates 10-4 for the contest. Spector made four saves for the Bobcats.
The Panthers remain at home for a key Little East Conference match-up this Saturday (Sept. 30) against arch-rival Keene State (3 p.m.). The Owls come into the game tied for third in New England with Bates.