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PSU Men’s Soccer battles to scoreless draw vs. Tufts

Panthers go head to head with #23 Jumbos

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman goalkeeper Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) made eight saves Tuesday evening to help Plymouth State University to a 0-0 draw against nationally-ranked Tufts University in non-conference men's soccer action at Panther Field.

            Tufts, ranked third in New England and 23rd in this week's national Division III poll, out-shot the home team by a 15-4 count but could not get a shot past Lindeberg, who was making his second career start.  PSU bounced back from a tough loss at Keene State on Saturday with the hard-earned draw against Tufts, moving its season record to 2-4-1.

            Tufts was coming off a big 2-0 win over Brandeis on Saturday (Brandeis was previously ranked #2 in New England and #12 nationally); the Jumbos are now 4-1-1 on the season.

            The visitors managed the only five shots of the first half, but Lindeberg made three stops to keep zeroes on the scoreboard through 45 minutes. PSU had the first good chance of the second half five minutes in but a floater by sophomore Graham Hughes (Billerica, Mass.) went over the cross bar.  Tufts had a good scoring opportunity midway through the second half but Lindeberg made a diving stop on a low liner by junior Gus Santos (Framingham, Mass.)

            The upset-minded Panthers had another scoring opportunity with seven minutes left in regulation when sophomore Ted Karlstrand (Halmstad, Sweden) put a shot on goal but Tufts freshman Scott Greenwood (Weymouth, Mass.) made the save.

            The Jumbos upped the pressure in the closing minutes of regulation and the overtime sessions.  Tufts put a header on net at the end of regulation, which was stopped by Lindeberg, and the Panther keeper made two more big saves in the final minute of the first overtime on both sophomore Connor Brown (Bow, N.H.) and junior Kento Nakamura (Tokyo, Japan).

            PSU had one final chance in the closing seconds of overtime when senior Jacob Sjoberg (Linkoping, Sweden) nearly split the defense on a through-ball, but the Jumbos recovered to prevent a quality shot.

            Greenwood finished with two saves for Tufts.  The visitors also finished with an 8-1 margin on corner kicks.

            Plymouth State returns to Little East Conference action Saturday with a visit to the University of Southern Maine for a 12 noon kickoff.  Tufts plays a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match Saturday at Amherst (2:30 p.m.) 

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