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September 29, 2012

Men’s Soccer nips rival Keene State

Second-half goal by Karlstrand lifts Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Ted Karlstrand (Halmstad, Sweden) scored the only goal of the game in the 61st minute Saturday evening and Plymouth State University held on for a 1-0 victory over rival Keene State College in a key Little East Conference men's soccer match at Panther Field.

            Karlstrand, playing in just his second game of the year and his first since the season opener back in August, was in the right place at the right time for the goal.  Sophomore teammate Joss Knol (Wellington, New Zealand) took a free kick that KSC junior keeper Malcolm Cheney (Hopkinton, Mass.) stopped, but Karlstrand collected the rebound and drove home his first career goal.

            The Panther defense did the rest, recording their second whitewash of the season.  Senior keeper Bjorn Ohlsson (Halmstad, Sweden) made six saves, and PSU's defensive line, which included senior Joakim Martinsson (Morlunda, Sweden), juniors Adam Groves (Brooksville, Maine) and Christian Bua (Gilford, N.H.) and freshman Alex Herbert (Lexington, Mass.), limited the Owls to 12 shots.

            The outcome snapped a five-game losing skid for the Panthers, who improve to 3-7 overall and 1-2 in Little East play, while Keene State drops to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in conference games.

            The Owls had two good chances to score before the pivotal PSU goal.  Ohlsson made a diving stop on junior Bryce Lawlor (Woodbury, Conn.) with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, and sophomore Michael Jacques (Tolland, Conn.) had a 25-yard shot early in the second half bounce off the cross bar.

            Keene State finished with a 12-11 edge in shots and a 6-3 margin in corner kicks.  Cheney finished with four saves in the Owl goal.

            PSU plays at home again on Wednesday, hosting Daniel Webster College, while Keene State looks to stop a two-game skid Wednesday at Salem State.

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