Panthers blanked by Owls in Little East opener
KEENE, N.H. – The Little East Conference opener got off to a rough start for the Plymouth State University men's soccer team as the Panthers fell to rival Keene State College, 5-0, Saturday evening under the lights at Owl Athletic Complex.
Winning back-to-back contests after dropping its first five games of the season, Keene State improves to 2-5 (1-0 LEC). Plymouth State (2-4, 0-1 LEC) has lost two of its last three games. Keene State scored a season high five goals, led by senior Scott Douglas (East Greenwich, R.I.) who had a pair.
The Owls erupted for two goals within a one minute span to take an early 2-0 lead. Douglas put the Owls up 1-0 at the 25:01 mark. The senior striker dribbled around PSU freshman goalie Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and deposited the ball into the open net. The second goal came on a nice individual effort by sophomore Eddie Mercer (South Hadley, Mass.), who used a step over dribble to create space and blasted the ball in the net.
KSC had a chance to add to its lead later in the half. Lindeberg made a kick save on a bid by Douglas and junior Ian Downing (New Boston, N.H.) clanged a shot off the cross bar on a direct kick with 3:12 to go.
Mercer and Douglas combined to increase the Owls advantage two minutes into the second half. After beating his defender, Mercer laid the ball over to Douglas who put KSC up 3-0 with his second goal of the game and his fourth of the season.
KSC stayed on the offensive and scored again at the 37:36 mark to make it 4-0. Junior Michael Jacques (Tolland, Conn.) headed the ball over to sophomore Dylan Bisceglia (Goffstown, N.H.) who went short side for his second goal of the season.
Junior Nick Godzyk (Wilmington, Mass.) completed the scoring with his first goal of the season at the 29:22 mark when he ripped a shot from 18-yards out that found the upper right corner of net.
Keene State outshot the Panthers 19-12 and had a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Senior Malcolm Cheney (Hopkinton, Mass.) made three saves to notch his first shutout of the season. Lindeberg stopped five shots for Plymouth State.
Keene State host Babson College on Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Plymouth State returns home to face Tufts on Tuesday (5 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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