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October 24, 2010

Babson rallies past PSU Men’s Soccer

Owens scores twice for Panthers on Senior Day

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Babson College spoiled Plymouth State University's Senior Day on Sunday, scoring four unanswered goals to pull out a 5-3 victory in non-conference men's soccer action at Panther Field.

            Sophomore Eric Anderson (Scituate, Mass.), Babson's leading scorer, tallied two goals in the victory, and junior Max Walker (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Brandon Masterson (Ellington, Conn.) contributed a goal and an assist each.  The Beavers won their third in a row to improve to 11-3-2 overall.

 
PSU Men's Soccer Senior Day festivities
 

            Senior midfielder Eric Owens (Newton, N.H.) highlighted the day for the home team, scoring two first-half goals to give the Panthers a temporary 3-1 lead.   Sophomore Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) also scored his first goal of the season, but the Panthers dropped to 5-10-1 on the season.

            The two teams traded goals on rebounds in the first 15 minutes of the game, junior Ryan Obolewicz (Bow, N.H.) scoring his first of the season for Babson in the eighth minute and Spear answering with his first for PSU six minutes later.  Owens then got hot for PSU, knocking in consecutive goals less than four minutes apart, giving the Panthers a two-goal lead with 18 minutes remaining in the first half.

            Babson cut the deficit to one with four minutes to go in the half as Masterson tallied his first of the year.  The Beavers had a 9-6 shot advantage in the opening 25 minutes but trailed, 3-2.

            PSU had a golden opportunity to extend its lead early in the second half but Babson keeper Peter Crowley (Lexington, Mass.) made a superb stop on Spear from point-blank range.  Moments later, Anderson tied the score with a nice header on a cross from junior Billy Nickerson (Middleton, Mass.)

            The Beavers pulled away in the final 15 minutes.  Walker put his team in front, converting a nice through-pass from Masterson in the 76th minute, and Anderson finished off the scoring with four minutes to play with his team-leading 11th on the year when he deflected a shot by sophomore Justin Leblanc (Manchester, Conn.) with his head.

            Babson finished with an 18-10 advantage in shots and a 6-3 margin in corner kicks.  Crowley finished with five saves in the Babson goal, and PSU senior Dan Salzer (Dover, N.H./Oyster River) made nine saves at the other end.

            PSU seniors who were honored prior to the game included Owens, Salzer, forward Tommy Schrey (Munich, Germany), and midfielder Stefan Welch (Tokyo, Japan).

            Plymouth State wraps up the season on Saturday with a Little East Conference match at Eastern Connecticut.  Babson concludes the regular season Saturday with a key New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game at Clark. 

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