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Panthers hold off Western Connecticut

DANBURY, Conn. - Plymouth State College sits atop the Little East Conference in men's soccer with a 3-0 record following its 2-1 win over Western Connecticut State University Saturday at Midtown Campus Field.

Junior Garry Thomson (Glasgow, Scotland) scored the game-winner when he headed home a throw in by sophomore Sal Friello (West Haven, Conn.) with 9:14 remaining in the game. After not scoring in PSC's first nine games, Thomson has three goals in the last two outings.

The Panthers, 9-2 overall and ranked fourth in New England, took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when senior Jon Plater (Hillsboro, NH) collected a loose ball 15 yards out and deposited the ball past Colonials keeper Mark Pataky (Trumbull, Conn.).

The Colonials, 6-5-1 overall and 1-2 in the league, came back and tied the game at 1-1 when freshman David Forero (West Haven, Conn.) notched his 11th goal of the season in the 71st minute. Forero was the recipient of a fine pass combination by Felipe Taborda (Norwalk, Conn.) and Arthur Hilario (New Milford, Conn.).

Sophomore keeper Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, NJ) made nine saves in the win for PSC. Pataky made a career-high 15 saves in the loss for Western Connecticut.

Plymouth State returns home for a non-conference game Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Panther Field (1 p.m.) against Salem State, the 10th ranked team in New England.

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