PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Ellias Oliveria (Somerville, Mass.) scored a goal with 19:32 remaining to break a 1-1 tie and give Salem State College a 2-1 non-conference victory over Plymouth State College in men's soccer Wednesday evening at Panther Field.
The victory improves Salem State's record to 7-4 overall, while Plymouth State, which had its five-game winning streak stopped, is now 9-3.
The Vikings scored the only goal of the first half when freshman Ivanilton Macedo (Somerville, Mass.) took a pass from senior Hermando Furtado (Brockton, Mass.) and beat PSC keeper Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, NJ).
The Panthers, who are ranked fourth in New England, got the equalizer just six minutes into the second half. Junior Justin Wengell (Newington, Conn.) converted a throw-in from sophomore Sal Friello (West Haven, Conn.) that Salem keeper Brad Metelus (Somerville, Mass.) got a piece of, but the ball caromed into the corner of the net.
Both teams had chances to break the tie in the second half before Oliveria's score, but PSC senior Simon Sendowski (Gothenberg, Sweden) was unsuccessful on a penalty kick, and a Viking shot that beat Wilby was stopped on the goal line by Panther defender Scott Curran (Pawcatuck, Conn.).
The Panthers outshot the Vikings by a 15-4 margin. Wilby finished with one save for PSC, and Metelus registered three saves for Salem State.
Plymouth State plays Little East Conference games the rest of the way, beginning Saturday (Oct. 14) at Rhode Island College (2 p.m.).