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Plattsburgh wins men’s soccer tournament over Plymouth State

            PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - It was not a good day for the Plymouth State University men's soccer team as the Panthers were defeated, 5-0, by host Plattsburgh State in the Cardinal Kick-Off Classic.

            Plattsburgh won its own tournament with a 2-0 record, as the Cardinals knocked off Green Mountain College 8-0 on Saturday.  Plymouth State and Potsdam State both ended up with 1-1 records on the weekend; Plymouth finished runner-up in the tourney, with its 3-2 victory over Potsdam on Saturday becoming the difference after Potsdam defeated Green Mountain on Sunday, 6-1.

            Two Panthers earned recognition by being named to the All-Tournament Team -- seniors Semir Mehmedovic (Concord, N.H./Franklin) and Gareth Stephens (Yeovil, England).

            Plattsburgh was credited with an own goal after Plymouth State knocked the ball into its own net midway through the opening half.  Tournament Most Valuable Player Pat Shaughnessy scored his fourth goal of the season for Plattsburgh on a penalty shot with 11 minutes to go in the half to put the Cardinals up 2-0 at the break.

            Ryan Ormsby scored his first two goals of the season in the second half as the Cardinals blew the game open. His two strikes were sandwiched around the fourth of the season by C.J. Taylor.

            PSU managed only two shots on goal, both in the second half.  Plattsburgh had 18 shots, with Panther senior goalkeeper Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H./Concord) making six saves.

            The Panthers, 1-1, returns home to enjoy a three-game home stand at Panther Field.  The home opener is Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. against Salem State.          

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