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PSU Men’s Soccer nips Keene State in OT

KEENE, N.H. - Senior Sal Friello (West Haven, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal with 26 seconds to play in the first overtime Saturday, lifting the Plymouth State University men's soccer team to a key 3-2 Little East Conference victory over host Keene State College at Owl Athletic Complex.

PSU senior Chipe Culum (Banja Luka, Bosnia) took a shot from the left side that was knocked away by Owl goalie Brandon Beck (Johnstown, N.Y.), but Friello knocked in the rebound for the game-winner. KSC had won the previous four games in the rivalry.

Plymouth State, which entered the game with six straight shutout victories, improves to 10-1 overall and 4-0-0 in the LEC while KSC falls to 7-5-1 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play.

Junior Joey Amaio (Wethersfield, Conn.) snapped PSU's shutout streak at the 11:15 mark of the first half, taking a through ball from Justin Hickman (Mont Vernon, N.H.) and beating Panther goalie Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.) to the far right corner.

PSU tied the score in the 34th minute when junior Sebastian Rodriguez (San Jose, Costa Rica) jumped on a loose ball in the crease and fired it into the corner of the net. The Panthers took a 2-1 lead with 4:29 to play in the half when Culum corralled a long clearing punt by Wilby and knocked one past Beck.

Keene State tied the game 13 minutes into the second half with John Harke (Leeds, Mass.) heading in a crossing ball from Casey Banks (Westborough, Mass.).The Owls had a chance to win it 1:25 into the first overtime, but Eric Scott's (West Springfield, Mass.) deflection sailed over the cross bar. Friello didn't miss his opportunity in the closing seconds of the game, though, connecting on his fourth goal of the season.

Wilby and Beck each finished the game with six saves.

KSC is at RPI on Tuesday. PSU is off until next Saturday's contest at Southern Maine.

(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)

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