Panthers post first conference victory
GORHAM, Maine – The Plymouth State University men's soccer team earned its first Little East Conference victory of the season Saturday afternoon defeating the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 3-1, at Hannaford Field.
The victory snapped a three-game losing skid for the Panthers and improved their record to 2-8-0 overall and 1-3-0 in conference play. The Huskies dropped their fourth straight match to slide to 2-10-0 overall and 2-2-0 in LEC games.
Plymouth State got its first goal in the 18th minute off a set piece following a USM foul on the right flank. Junior Parker Spear lofted a perfect ball onto the head of classmate Joakim Martinsson for an eight-yard shot inside the near post. The goal was the first of the season for Martinsson.
Southern Maine would out shoot Plymouth State in the opening 45 minutes, but junior goalkeeper Bjorn Ohlsson protected the lead making three saves.
In the second half, the Panthers quickly made it 2-0 scoring in the 48th minute. Off a PSU corner kick, rookie Joss Knol headed the ball across goal where sophomore Jake Sjoberg got his head on it to redirect it past USM rookie goalkeeper Alex Charette.
In the 67th minute, senior Dre Cabral got on the end of a pass from Knol to put a shot past Charette for his third marker of the season. Cabral and Sjoberg have accounted for six of the seven goals scored this season by Panthers.
Southern Maine got on the board when senior captain Jeff Soules converted a penalty kick. USM was awarded the shot from the spot when rookie forward Mazen Aljari was pushed down in the box.
Ohlsson finished the match with three saves, all in the first half. Charette had four saves after coming on for junior Jeremy Turner, who left the match in the 17th minute with an injury.
Southern Maine returns to Hannaford Field on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) to host the University of Maine Farmington. After three straight road matches, Plymouth State returns home on Wednesday (4:30 p.m.) to play Colby-Sawyer College.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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