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Rhode Island College eliminates PSU Men’s Soccer from Little East Conference Tournament

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Second-seeded Rhode Island College advanced in the 2005 Little East Conference Men's Soccer Tournament Wednesday afternoon, winning on penalty kicks, 5-3, over third-seeded Plymouth State University.

The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtime periods. The game ended in a tie and penalty kicks were needed to determine which squad advanced. The Anchormen scored on each of their five attempts, while Plymouth scored on three of four. RIC sophomore goalkeeper Sean Gonsalves' (Somerset, Mass.) diving save on PSU senior midfielder Brad Wyman's (Durham, N.H.) attempt was the difference.

The Anchormen will host fourth-seeded Western Connecticut this Saturday in the championship game at 12:00 p.m. WestConn pulled a huge upset, knocking off top-seeded and defending champion Keene State, 4-1, in Keene, N.H. This will be the first time the Anchormen have hosted the title game of the LEC Men's Soccer Tournament.

RIC scored on penalty kicks by freshman Josh Silva (Dartmouth, Mass.), junior Holman Giraldo (Pawtucket, R.I.), freshman Tyrell Burgess (Smiths, Bermuda), and senior Kyle Teixeira (Warren, R.I.), while sophomore Kyle Genereux's (Harrisville, R.I.) goal sealed the win.

PSU scored on its first, third and fourth PK attempts, with goals by freshman Semir Mehmedovic (Franklin, N.H.), sophomore Takeru Tanikawa (Shizuoka, Japan) and senior Chris Catatao (Burlington, Mass.)

During regulation, Genereux gave RIC the early lead, scoring on a pass from Teixeira in the 21st minute. PSU senior Steve Libera (Cromwell, Conn.) tied the game in the 55th minute on a pass from freshman Gareth Stevens (Yeovil, England).

Gonsalves made two saves to stay unbeaten with a 4-0-3 record on the season. Plymouth State freshman keeper Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) did not make a save as his record is now 10-3-4.

The game goes down as a tie, with RIC's record going to 9-5-4, while PSU is now 11-3-4.

(Courtesy of RIC Sports Information)

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