Sjoberg, Spear help Panthers down Chargers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Jake Sjoberg and junior Parker Spear recorded a goal and an assist each Wednesday afternoon as Plymouth State University rallied for a 3-1 victory over Colby-Sawyer College in non-conference men's soccer action at Panther Field.
The visitors led 1-0 at halftime but the PSU offense came alive with three second half goals to pull out the win. The Panthers evened the score two minutes into the second half, and pulled away with two goals in a five-minute span, the second coming with just over 10 minutes remaining. PSU went on to its second straight win, improving to 3-8 overall, while Colby-Sawyer fell to 3-9-1.
The first half was fairly even, with PSU having a 6-5 margin in shots. The Chargers nearly scored the first goal just six minutes into the game, but a shot by freshman Chris DiCecca rang off the right goal post. Colby-Sawyer tallied the only goal of the half with 10 minutes remaining when senior Derek Veilleux knocked in a rebound for his second goal of the season.
PSU wasted little time after the break to even the match, as senior Alex Martins scored his first goal of the season on a header on a corner kick delivered by Spear. The teams played even for the next 20 minutes, until Sjoberg broke the deadlock in the 65th minute with his team-leading fourth goal of the season on a rebound. The Panthers added an insurance goal in the 70th minute when Spear converted throw-in from Sjoberg to notch his first goal of the season.
Plymouth State had a 14-2 advantage in shots for the second half, and a 20-7 margin for the game. PSU junior keeper Bjorn Ohlsson earned the victory, making three saves, while Charger freshman Omar Ateaga had a busy day and finished with eight saves.
Both teams are back in conference action on Saturday, as PSU hosts Western Connecticut State University at 12 noon in a Little East Conference match-up, while Colby-Sawyer visits Lyndon State College for a North Atlantic Conference affair (3:00 p.m.)
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