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Two PSU Men’s Soccer players earn All-Little East honors

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State University men's soccer players received All-Little East Conference honors Tuesday for their outstanding performances during the 2007 season.  The All-LEC Team is voted on by the league's eight head coaches.

            Senior Takeru Tanikawa (Shizuoka, Japan/Tilton Prep-N.H.) was named to the All-LEC Men's Soccer First Team, while senior Keith Whittemore (Holderness, N.H./Plymouth Regional) earned Second Team Honors.  Whittemore is on the all-conference team for the second straight season, while Tanikawa is a first-time selection.

            A 5'9", 165-pound back, Tanikawa (right) moved to a defender position to help the team.  In addition to helping control the defensive end of the field, he finished third on the team with nine points and second on the team with four goals.  A four-year veteran and three-year starter, Tanikawa completes his career with 14 goals, four assists and 30 points.

            A 5'6", 150-pound midfielder, Whittemore (left) returned to the all-conference team after leading the Panthers in scoring and finishing tied for fourth in the LEC with eight goals, four assists and 20 points.  He scored three game-winning goals in Panther victories over Gordon (OT), Worcester State and Castleton State, all by 2-1 scores.  A two-year starter at PSU after transferring from Saint Anselm College, Whittemore scored 13 goals in 34 games in a Panther uniform.

            The Panthers completed the season with a 6-8-2 overall record, missing the post-season for the first time in five years.

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