PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Keith Whittemore (Holderness, N.H.) scored a pair of first-half goals Wednesday afternoon to lift Plymouth State University to a 2-1 victory over Castleton State College in a non-conference men's soccer game at Panther Field.
Whittemore, one of five Panther seniors celebrating Senior Day, tallied both goals in the first 23 minutes of the game to give his team a 2-0 halftime lead. The Spartans scored with five minutes remaining in the game to cut the margin to one, but PSU proved too much for the visitors.
Seniors Alex Marin (Manchester, N.H.) and Jamal Luttamaguzi (Stockholm, Sweden) assisted on the two Panther goals. Marin sent a through ball that Whittemore finished off in the 10th minute to put the Panthers on the board, and Luttamaguzi fed Whittemore for the second goal in the 23rd minute. PSU's two other seniors, Takeru Tanikawa (Shizuola, Japan) and Greg Greico (Mahopac, N.Y.) played strong defense on their final home game.
Freshman Chris Mulholland (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) broke the shutout for the Spartans with an unassisted goal in the 85th minute, his first collegiate score.
PSU junior Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) had a solid effort in the Panther goal, needing to make just two saves to pick up the victory. Junior Mike Anthony (Dartmouth, Mass.) had a busy day in the Spartans goal, finishing with seven saves, as PSU out-shot the visitors, 19-10.
The Panthers, 5-7-1 overall, return to Little East Conference play on Saturday with a visit to UMass Dartmouth (1:00 p.m.) Castleton State, 9-7, plays a North Atlantic Conference game Saturday at Thomas College (3:00 p.m.)
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