PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Salem State College scored a pair of first-half goals Wednesday afternoon and that's all the Vikings needed to defeat Plymouth State University, 2-0, in a non-conference men's soccer match at Panther Field.
The Vikings are off to a 3-0 start to the season, while PSU drops to 1-2. It was the home opener for the Panthers.
Sophomore Tony Moreno (Lynn, Mass.) broke a scoreless deadlock in the 35th minute when he picked up a loose ball on the right side of the box and deposited his first goal of the season into the far corner. Six minutes later, junior Andrew Angus (Boston, Mass.) redirected a crossing pass from freshman Matt Figueiredo (Wilmington, Mass.) into the goal to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Plymouth State regrouped at the break and applied more pressure in the second half, out-shooting the Vikings, 9-3, to finish with a 16-8 margin for the game, but could not push one across.
Senior Pawel Brzykcy (Krakow, Poland) played a solid game in goal for Salem State, finishing with seven saves for his second straight shutout. Senior Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) made two saves in the second half for PSU, coming on in relief on junior Dan Salzer (Dover, N.H.), who played the first half in the Panther goal.
PSU plays a pair of non-conference home games this weekend at Panther Field, hosting Bridgewater State College Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Green Mountain College Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Salem State plays its third straight road game on Saturday at Clark University (1:00 p.m.)
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