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PSU and RIC battle to scoreless tie in men’s soccer

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island College held a decisive 31-5 advantage in shots, but was forced to settle for a 0-0 double-overtime tie vs. Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon in Little East Conference men¹s soccer action at the RIC Soccer Field.

            The Anchormen raise their unbeaten conference mark to 4-0-1 and their overall record to 8-4-3. The Panthers (4-8-2, 1-2-2) pick up a much-needed point to remain in the hunt for the fifth and final spot in the upcoming Little East Tournament. RIC remains in first place in Little East action with two league games remaining.

            RIC freshman goalkeeper Justin O¹Connor (North Kingstown, R.I.) has yet to allow a goal in conference play, raising his scoreless streak to 470 minutes. He made two saves, including a big stop on PSU senior Adam Gove (Kingston, N.H.) early in the second in the half, to elevate his record to 7-2-3 and earn his seventh shutout.

            PSU senior netminder Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) made 15 saves to earn his second shutout on the campaign.

            The Anchormen kept the pressure on the Panthers for the entire contest. In the 58th minute, the Plymouth State defense helped out Shute by preventing a junior Ryan Kelley (Hope, R.I.) header from crossing the goal line. In the 82nd minute, Shute denied senior Brandon Migliore¹s (Coventry, R.I.) header to help force the extra sessions.

            Plymouth State plays its final regular season road game Wednesday with a non-conference encounter at Castleton (4:00 p.m.)  RIC will face Westfield State on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. 

(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information) 

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