Panthers record third straight victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Adam Groves (Brooksville, Maine) scored the only goal of the game on a header with 4:29 remaining in regulation Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University nipped the University of Southern Maine, 1-0, in a Little East Conference men's soccer game at Panther Field.
Groves, who transferred to PSU this year after playing the last two seasons at USM, scored the game-winner from right in front of the Husky goal. A Panther corner kick from the right side went through traffic to the left end line, where freshman Petro Masumbuko (Manchester, N.H./Central) ran it down. Masumbuko fed the ball back into the box, and Groves' header went off the crossbar and across the goal line, his first career score for either team.
Groves also keyed a Panther defense that posted its second shutout of the season as PSU won its third straight game. Senior keeper Bjorn Ohlsson (Halmstad, Sweden) made four saves to register the clean sheet. The Panthers improve to 5-7-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the LEC while USM dips to 3-9-0 overall and 1-3-0 in conference play.
The action was slow to get going as neither team managed a shot for the first 16 minutes of the game. Each team took just four shots in the first half, with the best scoring chance coming with a minute to play when PSU junior Jacob Sjoberg (Linkoping, Sweden) took a feed from senior Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) along the left side and got a good shot off, but the ball hit the lower left post and USM senior keeper Jeremy Turner (Portland, Maine) covered up the rebound.
PSU started to apply more pressure on the Husky goal in the second half, out-shooting USM 8-3 and having a 7-1 margin in corner kicks, but could not break through. Sjoberg had a couple of scoring chances but his shots went over the net. Overtime appeared looming until Groves scored the game-winner.
The home team ended up with a 12-7 advantage in shots. Turner finished with four saves for the Huskies.
Plymouth State is back in action on Monday with a non-conference affair at Nichols College (3:00 p.m.), while Southern Maine visits UMaine Farmington for a non-conference tilt Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
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