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Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth tie in men’s soccer

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Michael Alves (Seekonk, Mass.) scored his second goal of the game midway through the second half Saturday afternoon as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth came back to salvage a 2-2 double-overtime draw against Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference men's soccer match at Panther Field.

            The Panthers had taken a 2-1 lead in the first half on goals by freshman Dre Cabral (Tokyo, Japan) and senior Adam Gove (Kingston, N.H.), sandwiched around Alves' first of the game. The deadlock leaves PSU at 5-8-3 overall and 1-2-3 in LEC matches, while UMD is now 7-8-1 overall and 2-3-1 in conference play. The Corsairs are tied for fourth with one LEC game to play, while the Panthers are in sixth place.  The top five teams advance to the LEC Tournament at the end of the regular season.

            Cabral gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead when he headed home a free kick from senior Semir Mehmedovic (Concord, N.H.) 12 minutes into the game.  Alves scored on a free kick at the other end of the field three minutes later the tie up the match, but Gove put the Panthers back in the lead in the 28th minute following a nice pass from sophomore Tommy Schrey (Munich, Germany). Both Cabral and Gove scored for PSU for the second straight game.

            Alves tallied the only goal of the second half in the 69th minute, and neither team was able to knock one home in the 20 minutes left in regulation or the 20 minutes of overtime.

            PSU finished with a 21-12 advantage in shots.  Both goalkeepers, UMD freshman Anel Brkic (Milford, Mass.) and PSU senior Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) made five saves.

            Plymouth State concludes the regular season next Saturday on Senior Day at Panther Field against UMass Boston (1:00 p.m.), while the Corsairs return home to host Bridgewater State Tuesday on Senior Day at UMD (6:00 p.m.)

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