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UMD nips Men’s Soccer in Little East opener

Herbert scores first goal for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth scored two goals in the first five minutes of the second half Saturday afternoon and held on for a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State University in the Little East Conference men's soccer opener for both schools at Panther Field.

            PSU rallied with a goal with just over five minutes remaining in the second half, cutting the margin to one, but the Corsairs held on to remain unbeaten on the season (5-0 overall, 1-0 LEC). PSU dips to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the Little East.

            The two teams battled through a scoreless first half.  PSU's best scoring chance came when senior Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) sent freshman Petro Masumbuko (Manchester, N.H./Central) in on a breakaway but his shot went wide left.  UMD had a chance a little later but a shot by sophomore Elton Borges (Praia, Cape Verde) hit the left post and his rebound shot was wide left.

            The Corsairs got on the scoreboard just 1:03 into the second half when junior Adam Philbin (Cumberland, R.I.) drilled a shot from the top of the box that beat the goalkeeper to the top left corner.  The play was set up by a pass from junior Victor Ferreira (St. Michael, Portugal).  UMD doubled its lead less than three minutes later when sophomore John Macaroco (New Bedford, Mass.) scored on a header off a nice pass from the right corner by sophomore Josh Chao (New Bedford, Mass.).

            The home team would not give up and continued battling.  That effort finally paid off when freshman Alex Herbert (Lexington, Mass.) converted a goal of the Panthers with 5:42 on the clock, chipping it in from close range with an assist from junior Jacob Sjoberg (Linkoping, Sweden).  That would be as close as the Panthers would come.

            UMD finished with a 14-9 advantage in shots and an 11-4 margin in corner kicks.  Senior keeper Mike Phelan (Carver, Mass.) made four saves to earn the win for the Corsairs, while PSU senior Bjorn Ohlsson (Halmstad, Sweden) recorded six saves.

            PSU is right back on the pitch Sunday, hosting Middlebury College in a non-conference affair at Panther Field (2:00 p.m.).  UMD puts its unbeaten record on the line Wednesday with a home game vs. Salve Regina (4:30 p.m.)

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