Men’s Soccer edged by John Jay in OT at ECAC Tourney

Spear scores again for Panthers; Raney's late goal forces OT

            SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. – John Jay College's Wilson Quinde (Quenca, Ecuador) knocked in a rebound off Plymouth State University senior goalkeeper Bjorn Ohlsson (Holmstadt, Sweden) with just over three minutes remaining in the second overtime Saturday afternoon to give the Bloodhounds a 5-4 victory in the second game of the men's division of the 2012 ECAC Division III Soccer Classic on the Cape.

            Quinde's goal capped an exciting contest that saw the Bloodhounds rally from a 3-1 halftime deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the 84th minute.  Christ Assou (Philadelphia, Pa.) took a crossing pass from Korende Griffith (Georgetown Guyana) and tucked the ball inside the left post.

            Plymouth State answered  just over two  minutes later as freshman Taylor Rainey (Hooksett, N.H.) pushed a header into the left side of the net past John Jay netminder Steven Merino (Bronx, N.Y.) to send the game to overtime.  Junikor Adam Grove s (Brooksville, Maine) set up the play.

            PSU connected for the game's first goal as freshman Petro Masumbuko (Manchester, N.H.) scored off a corner kick from senior Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) in the 12th minute.  John Jay tied the contest 47 seconds later as Jesus Lugo (Bronx, N.Y.) dribbled up the middle after a pass from Assou and beat Ohlsson to the left side.

            The Panthers regained the lead in the 34th minute as Spear took a centering pass from Joss Knol (So., Wellington, New Zealand) from the right corner and drilled shot high to the left corner.  The goal was Spear's third in the first two games of the season. Plymouth upped the lead to 3-1 at the half as Aly El Tambouly (Cairo, Egypt) dribbled down the middle of the field; Merino came out to cut down the angle, but El Tambouly knocked the ball into the low right corner of the net to cap the first half scoring.

            The Bloodhound comeback began with Assou drilling a laser shot to the upper right hand corner of the Panther net from 30 yards out in the 6 minute.  The tying goal came off a centering pass from Assou to  Jorge Marquez (Queens, N.Y.) in the middle of the field who fed Griffith.  Griffith sent the ball into the right side of the net to know the game a three and set up the late game heroics.

            Plymouth State outshot the Bloodhounds 17-13 and held a 8-3 edge in corner kicks.  The Panthers were called for being offside 14 times in the contest.  Both Merino and Ohlsson had three saves in the game, two of Ohlsson's in the first overtime when he stopped back to back point blank shots to keep the Panthers in the game.

            PSU finishes the Classic with a 1-1 record.  The Bloodhounds are 1-0-0 on the season and will play Colby Sawyer college at I:00 Sunday, at Peter Homer Memorial Park. The Panthers return to action Wednesday in the home opener at Panther Field against Bridgewater State University (5:00 p.m.) 

 (Courtesy of ECAC Communications)

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