Freshmen lead Panthers past Eagles
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University got goals from three freshmen Sunday afternoon to defeat Husson University, 3-0, in a non-conference men’s soccer match at Panther Field.
The Panthers dominated the shots department by a 31-1 count, but needed a pair of second-half goals to secure the victory. PSU gets back on the winning track, improving to 4-7-1 overall, while the Eagles drop to 2-10. Freshman Joe Drapeau (Lincoln, N.H.) got his first career start in the Panther goal and stopped the only shot he faced to record the shutout.
Senior Stefan Welch (Tokyo, Japan) opened the scoring at the 36-minute mark of the first half. A Panther corner kick created a scramble in front of the Husson goal, and Welch booted the loose ball into the roof of the net. PSU out-shot the Eagles 14-1 in the first half, but had to settle to a 1-0 lead at the break.
The Panthers doubled their margin 15 minutes into the second half when sophomore Alex Martins (Pawcatuck, Conn.) sent a through ball to freshman David Quist (Stockholm, Sweden), who received the pass, spun around and shot the ball into the lower right of the net. Freshman Faisal Al-Dawoud (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) finished off the scoring in the 81st minute when his shot from the top of the box slipped through the keeper’s hands and into the goal.
Sophomore Mason Smith (Houma, La.) played a solid game in the Husson goal, finishing with seven saves. The Eagles were also bolstered by the strong play of sophomore center back James Crockford (Watford, England), who broke up several Panther offensive plays.
Plymouth State is back in action next Saturday at Panther Field with a Little East Conference match-up against UMass Dartmouth (4:30 p.m.). Husson returns home to host a pair of North Atlantic Conference games next weekend against Green Mountain and Castleton.
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