Late goal lifts Eagles over Panthers
NASHUA, N.H. – Senior Spencer Bernard scored inside the final 10 minutes of regulation for the second straight time Tuesday afternoon – this one coming with just 2:30 remaining in regulation - and once again the goal stood up as the game-winner as the Eagles edged Plymouth State University, 1-0 in the first regular season matchup of the Granite State squads at Eagle Field.
With 87 minutes gone and overtime looming, the Eagles caught a break on transition at midfield and Eagle senior Alex Jackson threaded a seeing-eye ball straight up the middle of the backfield. Bernard converged with two Panther defenders and broke between both, winning the ball by a half step. Pulling away with a partial breakaway, Bernard chipped a bouncing 15-yarder over outstretched Panther keeper Bjorn Ohlsson for his second game-winner of the season.
The Eagles (5-2), now winners of five of their last six, earned their fourth shutout of the season and won by a 1-0 score for the third time. The Panthers dropped to 1-7 overall. The teams had met only once previously in the 2009 ECAC New England Quarterfinals, which was fought to a 3-3 quadruple overtime draw and decided on penalty kicks by DWC.
DWC finished with a 7-4 shots in goal advantage (12-9 overall) and dodged two Panther bullets, both from the holster of sophomore Jake Sjoberg. Sjoberg was stoned by Eagle senior keeper Joe Keene in the 42nd minute, and rifled another past rookie Salvatore Santa Maria only to hit the left post with 24 minutes to go.
Keene made four saves over 57 minutes for DWC, while Santa Maria didn't face a shot on goal. Sophomore Joe Drapeau stopped five Eagle shots for Plymouth while Ohlsson added one in relief over the final 15 minutes.
The Eagles return to action Saturday with a stiff matchup at Southern Vermont in a rematch of last year's NECC title tilt. Plymouth State renews its annual rivalry Saturday at Keene State in a Little East matchup at 3:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Daniel Webster Sports Information)
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