MEDFORD, Mass. - Freshman Brian Hanafin (Londonderry, NH) drilled a tough-angle shot off the far post and into the net in the 84th minute Wednesday afternoon to lift the visiting Plymouth State College Panthers to a 4-3 victory over Tufts University in New England college soccer action.
Plymouth State had led 3-1 early in the second half, but the Jumbos erased the deficit with two goals eight minutes apart by sophomore Garrett Dale (Upper Montclair, NJ). Both teams had excellent chances to break the tie in an exciting finish played under dark, threatening skies. Hanafin eventually lifted the Panthers, taking a pass from junior Antoine Moiboueyi (Gabon, Africa) and connecting from the lower left of the box.
Two goals by junior Garry Thomson (Glasgow, Scotland) and a penalty kick score by senior tri-captain Simon Sendowski (Gothenberg, Sweden) had the Panthers looking to run away with it five minutes into the second half. The three goals, two that were one minute apart in the first half and the other early in the second, came within seven minutes of game time.
Tufts responded with Dale heading a pass from senior tri-captain David Drucker (Potomac, MD) into the net in the 59th minute, then streaking down the right side and blasting a goal into the lower left corner in the 67th minute.
PSC, which got two saves from sophomore keeper Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.), won its fourth in a row and improved to 8-2. The Panthers are ranked fourth in New England. Tufts, which lost to a non-conference opponent for the first time since November 1998, fell to 3-2-2. Senior keeper Steve McDermid (Shorewood, MN) also made two saves.
The Panthers go on the road again Saturday (Oct. 7) for a Little East Conference battle at Western Connecticut (12 p.m.).