PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University men's soccer team ended the regular season on a wet and winning note Saturday afternoon, defeating the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 3-0, in the regular season finale at rain-soaked Panther Field.
The Panthers overcame a soggy field and a driving rainstorm as well as the Corsairs to record the Little East Conference victory. The game was shortened to 70 minutes by the game officials due to the playing and field conditions. PSU completes the regular season at 10-5-1 overall and 5-2-0 in the LEC, while UMD concludes its season at 5-10-1 overall and 0-6-1 in conference play.
Plymouth State is headed to next week's LEC Tournament, which begins with semifinal play on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The Panthers will not learn of their seed, game location or opponent until the conclusion of two other LEC make-ups games - Eastern Connecticut at Rhode Island College on Sunday and UMass Boston at Keene State on Monday. PSU can still finish anywhere from first to third; the top two seeds have home-field advantage in Wednesday's semifinal.
Senior Felix Rosen (Stockholm, Sweden) put the Panthers on the board just 11 minutes into the contest, taking a pass from sophomore Semir Mehmedovic (Franklin, N.H.), avoiding the goalkeeper and depositing the ball into the empty net. Junior defender Matt Verrecchia (South Kingstown, R.I.) notched his first goal of the season in the closing minutes of the first half to make it a 2-0 game at the break.
Junior Alex Marin (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) added his second of the season for PSU at the 60-minute mark, and with field conditions deteriorating, the referee called the game after it became official at the 70-minute mark.
PSU finished with a 15-7 advantage in shots. Sophomore Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) made three saves to record his fifth shutout of the season for the Panthers. Junior Kyle Fossey (Townsend, Mass.) and freshman Chris Reagan (Franklin, Mass.) combined for seven saves for UMD.
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