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September 14, 2011

Tufts shuts out PSU Men’s Soccer

Panthers open LEC play Saturday at UMD

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Franco Silva scored two goals and senior goalkeeper Alan Bernstein made four saves Wednesday evening as Tufts University defeated Plymouth State University, 3-0, in non-conference men's soccer action at Panther Field.

            Freshman Gus Santos added a goal and an assist for the Jumbos, including the first-half game-winner, as Tufts improved to 1-0-1 on the season.  PSU was blanked for the third time this season and dropped to 0-4.

            The first half was fairly even, with the visitors taking seven shots and the home team three.  Tufts scored the only goal of the first 45 minutes when Santos and senior Naji Muakassa broke in alone on the keeper, and Muakassa fed a cross to Santos, who tapped in his first goal of the season. 

            The Jumbos added more pressure on the Panther defense in the second half, out-shooting the home team 9-2.  Santos set up Silva for Tufts' second goal midway through the frame, and Silva added his second of the game with 15 minutes remaining off a nice feed in the box from sophomore Scott Blumenthal.

            Tufts finished with a 16-5 margin in shots and a 6-0 count in corner kicks.  PSU keepers Joe Drapeau and Bjorn Ohlsson combined to make three saves.

            PSU opens Little East Conference play Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (1:00 p.m.)  Tufts resumes New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action Saturday at Wesleyan University (2:30 p.m.) 

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