PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshman Koichi Nakatsubo (Franklin, N.H.) scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute Saturday to give the Plymouth State College men's soccer team a thrilling 1-0 victory over UMass Dartmouth in the final Little East Conference regular season match at cold and blustery Panther Field.
The Panthers wrap up the regular season at 8-6-2 overall and 5-2-0 in conference play, good for second place and the No. 2 seed in this week's LEC Tournament. The Corsairs conclude the regular season at 11-4-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the LEC, and will be the fourth seed in the LEC Tournament.
The LEC semifinals on Wednesday (Nov. 6) will feature third-seeded Keene State at Plymouth State and UMD at regular-season champion Western Connecticut. The semifinal winners will meet for the championship on Saturday (Nov. 9) at the site of the highest remaining seed.
Plymouth State outshot UMD 11-3, but couldn't get one past UMD senior keeper Jorge Fonseca (Ludlow, Mass.) until the closing minutes when Nakatsubo scored his second goal of the season off a deflected cross from Sal Friello (West Haven, CT). Fonseca finished with seven saves, while PSC junior keeper Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, NJ) made two saves in recording his second shutout of the season.
Wednesday's semifinal match against Keene State will be a rematch of the Oct. 12th affair, won by the Owls in Keene, 2-0.