PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College came back from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat Keene State College 3-1 in a key Little East Conference men's soccer match-up Saturday at Panther Field.
The win improves the Panthers' record to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the LEC, while Keene State falls to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the LEC. The verdict also marks the second time this week that PSC (ranked eighth in New England) has defeated New England's third ranked team; Keene State and Bates, PSC's 2-0 victim on Wednesday, were tied for third in the region.
Keene State struck first as junior Mike Monteiro (Hudson, Mass.) picked up a loose ball deep in Panther territory and found senior Mike Norton (Plymouth, Mass.) for a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute. The lead wouldn't last however, as junior Antoine Moiboueyi (Gabon, Africa/Acton-Boxborough H.S) took a pass from Garry Thomson (Glasgow, Scotland) and headed it off of a Keene defender to even the score with six minutes remaining in the first half.
The battle went back and forth until early in the second half when a Keene State defender was called for a hand ball inside the penalty box. On the ensuing penalty kick, PSC senior Simon Sendowski (Gothenberg, Sweden) beat Keene State keeper D.J. Nordmark (South Windsor, Conn.) to the lower right side to put the Panthers ahead 2-1.
The Owls tried to turn up the pressure, but the Panther defense was up to the task and held Keene to only two shots in the second half. With 44 seconds left in the game, PSC freshman Kyle Bowman (Bedford, N.H.) scored the insurance marker on his first shot of the season.
PSC outshot Keene 16-6 for the contest. Nordmark made eight saves for the Owls and sophomore Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.) had two saves for the Panthers.
The Panthers hope to carry the momentum with them this Wednesday (Oct. 4) as they head to 10th-ranked Tufts University (4 p.m.).