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Panthers down Southern Maine in OT

GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Simon Sendowski (Gothenberg, Sweden) scored 5:09 into sudden death overtime to give the first place Plymouth State College Panthers a 2-1 victory over the upset-minded University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference men's college soccer match Tuesday afternoon at the USM soccer field.

With the win, the Panthers remained unbeaten in Little East play (5-0-0) while improving to 11-3-0 overall. Southern Maine, winless in its last nine games (0-8-1), has yet to win in the conference (0-5-0) and fell to 3-12-1 overall. It was the Huskies second straight overtime loss.

Sendowski took a short cross from senior Jeremy Gasowski (Lee, N.H.) and volleyed a shot off the hands of USM junior goalkeeper Drew Mazzeo (Rockport, Maine) for his fifth goal of the season.

Senior midfielder Jamie Everhart (Bethel, Conn.) gave Southern Maine a 1-0 lead at 31:54 when he took a long pass over the top from senior back Andy Higgins (Ellsworth, Maine), deked by a defender and placed a 15-yard shot that glanced off the near post and into the net. The goal snapped an eight-match goal-scoring drought for the Huskies. It was Everhart's third goal of the season, and the 27th of his career moving him into sole possession of fifth place on the USM all-time goals scored list.

Plymouth State got the equalizer in the second half at 68:41 when junior Garry Thomson (Glasgow, Scotland) took a cross from Gasowski and put a header past Mazzeo for his fourth goal of the campaign.

Mazzeo finished the match with eight saves for USM. Plymouth State junior goalkeeper Scott Laine (Spencer, Mass.) was credited with two saves. The Panthers had a 23-3 edge in shots and a 13-0 margin in corner kicks.

Southern Maine hosts LEC rival Western Connecticut State University on Saturday in its next match. Plymouth State will host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth the same day.