NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Sophomore Alex Martins (Pawcatuck, Conn.) scored the only goal of the game in the 60th minute Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University blanked the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 1-0, in a hard-fought Little East Conference men's soccer match at Cressy Field.
PSU gets back on the winning track and improves to 8-5 overall and 2-3 in the LEC. UMD was held scoreless for the third time in five days and dropped to 8-5 and 2-2.
Martins converted a corner kick from senior Semir Mehmedovic (Zvornik, Bosnia), just two minutes after Martins had a good shot robbed by Corsair freshman goalkeeper Kellen Rauch (Ashland, Mass.). It was Martins first goal of the season and the second of his career.
Freshman Bjorn Ohlsson (Halmstrad, Sweden) was strong in the Panther goal and made eight saves to post his fifth shutout of the season.
UMD nearly tied the game in the 62nd minute when sophomore midfielder Kyle Lopes (Somerset, Mass.) fired a shot toward the net which slammed the bottom of the crossbar and bounced straight down. Believing they had tied the game, the Corsair bench erupted into a loud cheer, but officials ruled that the ball did not cross the goal line.
The Corsairs had an opportunity to extend the game into overtime in the game's waning moments. Senior Jarred Goldstein (Weymouth, Mass.) put forward a header from inside the box with 15 seconds remaining, but missed wide to the left. The Corsairs outshot the Panthers 20-12.
Plymouth State returns to action Wednesday afternoon when they host Castleton in a non-conference match-up at Panther Field (4:30 p.m.) UMD is back in action Monday night when they face Southern Maine in a neutral site make-up contest at Salem State.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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