PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Jake Morley (Southampton, England) came off the bench to score his first two goals of the season Wednesday at Panther Field to help Plymouth State College defeat Wentworth Institute of Technology, 4-2, in the opening round of the ECAC Division III New England Men's Soccer Tournament.
The victory puts the top-seeded Panthers in the semifinals on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Plymouth against fifth-seeded Gordon College. The Fighting Scots battled fourth-seeded Springfield College to a scoreless draw on Wednesday, but advanced by winning the round of overtime penalty kicks, 4-3. Sixth-seeded Babson will face either #7 Western New England or #2 Westfield State in Saturday's other semifinal contest. The Beavers advanced with a 1-0 upset over second-seeded UMass Dartmouth, while WNEC and WSC meet Wednesday night. Saturday's semifinal winners meet Sunday for the championship at the site of the highest remaining seed.
PSC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 17 minutes of the game. Sophomore Michael Cantelli (Raymond, N.H.) finished off a cross from senior Garry Thomson (Glasgow, Scotland) for the opening goal at 9:05, and junior Rob Ball (Rockaway, N.J.) lobbed one over the keeper's head at 16:54, with sophomore Mike Hallworth (Sandown, N.H.) picking up an assist.
After Wentworth sophomore Juan Flores (Juriquilla, Mex.) put the Leopards on the board midway through the half, Morley scored his first of the game at 34:53 to give PSC a 3-1 advantage at halftime. Morley added his second of the day at 56:45, with Thomson picking up his second assist of the game. Senior Jamie Manza (Goshen, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring, knocking one in for the Leopards with 15 minutes remaining.
Plymouth State had a 14-9 advantage in shots on goal. Wentworth keeper Wade Fleming (Lebanon, N.H.) made three saves, while PSC keeper Scott Laine (Spencer, Mass.) was credited with three stops before reserve Jayson Smith (Northwood, N.H.) logged the final 13 minutes without a save. PSC heads into Saturday's contest with a 12-6-0 record, while Wentworth completes its season at 14-4-1.