PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University's men's soccer team got back on the winning track Wednesday evening with a 3-0 non-conference victory over Tufts University at Panther Field.
Three different Panthers scored goals and senior keeper Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.) made five saves to help the Panthers to their first victory in the last four games (1-1-2) and improve to 11-2-2 overall. Tufts returns home with a 5-6-2 overall mark.
Plymouth State jumped to an early lead when senior Kyle Bowman (Bedford, N.H.) picked the ball out of midair and one-timed it into the corner of the net from 15 yards out for his first of the season. The Panthers made it 2-0 with eight minutes to go in the first half when sophomore Koichi Nakatsubo (Numazo City, Japan/Franklin (NH) H.S.) redirected a crossing pass to junior Lindsay Chapman (Rye, N.H.), who was parked in the crease. Chapman finished off the play for his second goal of the season.
Senior Michael Cantelli (Raymond, N.H.) finished off the scoring for PSU with two minutes left in the contest when his crossing pass was deflected into the net by the Tufts defense.
Wilby did the rest, keeping the Jumbos off the scoreboard. Wilby preserved his eighth shutout of the year with a diving save on freshman Ben Castellot (Newton, Mass.) with three minutes remaining. Junior Matt Sullivan (Medfield, Mass.) finished with two saves for the visitors.
PSU, ranked seventh in New England, wraps up the regular season Saturday at Panther Field with a key LEC encounter against Rhode Island College (3:00 p.m.). Plymouth State can still finish first, second or third in the LEC regular season race. Tufts also concludes the regular season Saturday with a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match-up at Colby (11:00 a.m.).
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