Panthers back in LEC playoff hunt
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior KC Haywood scored the only goal of the game less than two minutes after the opening whistle Saturday afternoon and Plymouth State University held on for a 1-0 victory over Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference men's soccer match at Panther Field.
The win gives the Panthers (4-8 overall, 2-3 LEC) their third win in a row and puts them back in the hunt for an LEC playoff berth. WestConn dropped its third straight 1-0 contest and falls to 1-10-2 overall, 0-4-1 in conference play.
Haywood, playing his first game since missing over a month with an injury, wasted little time getting into the action. His first shot inside the box was blocked by the Colonials and bounced up in the air, and Haywood headed the loose ball over the keeper into the right corner of the goal. It is Haywood's first goal in 41 career games.
That ended up as all of the offense in the game. The PSU defense, led by juniors Joakim Martinsson and Matt Anderson, sophomore David Quist, and freshman Ryan Curtin limited the Colonials to seven shots, as PSU out-shot WestConn, 11-7.
PSU junior keeper Bjorn Ohlsson made three saves to record his first shutout of the season. WestConn sophomore Jack Holub also made three saves, including one against PSU freshman Joss Knol from point-blank range with 16 minutes to go in the second half.
The Panthers are back in action Wednesday with a non-conference game at Middlebury College. WestConn plays again Monday evening with a non-conference affair at Ramapo.
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