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October 27, 2007

PSU Men’s Soccer battles UMass Boston to a draw

            BOSTON, Mass. -- Junior defender Corey Cenate (Springfield, Vt.) netted his first goal of the season with just 54 seconds left in regulation Saturday afternoon to tie the match for the visiting Plymouth State University men's soccer team vs. University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference match at the Clark Athletic Center field.

            The score remained tied at 2-2 for the rest of the contest.  The Beacons finish their season with an overall record of 8-8-1 overall and 1-5-1 in Little East Conference play, while the Panthers stand at 6-8-2 and 2-4-1 to complete their season.

            Cenate went one-on-one in the open field with the UMass Boston keeper, before beating him with a shot into the left side of the net to knot the match at 89:06 for Plymouth State.

            Junior defender Takeru Tanikawa (Shizuoka, Japan/Tilton Prep (N.H.)) put the Panthers on the board when he took a cross from senior Alex Marin (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) and found the back of the left side of the net, just 7:13 into the game.

            The Beacons lost their top scorer to a red card with 12:37 left in the first half and played a man down for much of the match, but managed to tie the score at 1-1 when senior Maynor Sanchez (Boston, Mass.) sent the ball into the box on a corner kick, which resulted in the ball being boxed around until senior midfielder Levon Tebelekian (Glendale, Cal.) found senior Anthony Cataldo (Everett, Mass.) in front of the net for his first collegiate goal in his last career match at the 61:11 mark.

            The Beacons took a 2-1 margin after the Plymouth State keeper took down a UMass Boston midfielder in the box, resulting in, not only a penalty kick, but also a red card for the goalie to even the playing field at 10 players per side.  Sanchez converted on the penalty kick for his team-leading ninth goal of the season with 7:01 to go in regulation.

            The Panthers owned a 22-17 shot advantage, including 4-1 in the second overtime period.

            UMass Boston junior keeper Paul Maniscalco (Hanover, Mass.) matched his season-high with 11 saves, while junior Nick Giusto (West Islip, N.Y.) stopped both shots he faced in the first half, before yielding to sophomore Dan Salzer (Dover, N.H.), who turned away three shots and allowed a goal in 37:59 of action in the second half.  Junior Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) played the remaining 27:01 of action, allowing a goal and making two saves.

            Senior Keith Whittemore (Holderness, N.H.) finished the season as PSU's leading scorer with eight goals and four assists.  Marin was second with three goals and four assists, and Tanikawa finished with four goals and an assist from his defender position.

(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)

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