Welch scores lone goal for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University and Salem State University battled back and forth for 110 minutes Wednesday afternoon and had to settle for a 1-1 double-overtime draw in non-conference men’s soccer action at Panther Field.
The two goals came about six minutes apart midway through the second half. PSU senior Stefan Welch (Tokyo, Japan/Yakota) took the ball on the right side after a header pass from teammate Dre Cabral (Tokyo, Japan) and knocked the ball into the left side of the net to give the home team the lead at the 59:40 mark. The visitors countered about six minutes later when junior Owen Quane (Weymouth, Mass.) made a nice centering pass from the right end line to classmate Rafael Santos (East Boston, Mass.), who deposited the ball into the left-hand side of the goal to deadlock the match at 1-1.
Both teams had several scoring opportunities but could not capitalize as Plymouth State finished with a 20-15 advantage in shots. Sophomore Joakim Martinsson (Morlunda, Sweden) nearly scored for PSU on a corner kick in the 70th minute but his header went over the top of the goal, and Cabral did the same thing for the Panthers a minute into the second overtime.
Sophomore Bjorn Ohlsson (Halmstad, Sweden) finished with six saves for the home team while sophomore Scott Hall (Waltham, Mass.) stopped seven shots for the Vikings.
PSU, 1-1-1, is home again on Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. match against Bridgewater State. Salem State, 0-1-2, returns to Massachusetts to play its home opener next Wednesday, Sept. 15, vs. UMass Dartmouth (7:00 p.m.)
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