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Mehmedovic leads PSU Men’s Soccer past WestConn

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            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Semir Mehmedovic (Zvornik, Bosnia/Franklin, N.H.) scored both goals Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Western Connecticut State University, 2-0, in Little East Conference men's soccer action at rainy Panther Field.

            The Panthers picked up their first LEC win of the season, improving to 1-2 in conference play and 6-4 overall, while WestConn dropped to 0-2 in LEC matches and 2-7 overall.

            Mehmedovic  also became the third player in school history to reach the century mark in points with his two goals on Saturday.  He now has career totals of 38 goals, 24 assists and 100 points.  Mehmedovic is also one of the LEC scoring leaders this season with nine goals and two assists.

            It was a scoreless first half as the teams battled each other as well as the rain.  WestConn had a narrow 7-5 advantage in shots over the first 45 minutes.

            Mehmedovic put PSU in the scoring column 12 minutes into the second half when he collected the ball just outside the box on the left side. The keeper came out to block the angle but Mehmedovic looped it over his head into the far corner for a 1-0 Panther lead.

            The Colonials nearly tied the game a few minutes later but PSU freshman keeper Bjorn Ohlsson (Halmstad, Sweden) made a nice leaping save on a shot by sophomore David Carey (Torrington, Conn.)

            Mehmedovic added the insurance goal with 14 minutes remaining when he was fouled inside the box and converted the ensuing penalty kick.

            PSU enjoyed a 10-6 advantage in shots in the second half and finished with a 15-13 margin for the game.  Ohlsson finished with five saves for the Panthers, while freshman Keith Guillette (Seymour, Conn.) made four stops for the visitors.

            Both teams are back in action Wednesday with non-conference games, as PSU hosts Tufts University at 6:00 p.m. and WestConn visits Worcester State at 7:00 p.m.

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