Whipple leads Panthers to second straight shutout
GORHAM, Maine – The Plymouth State University men's soccer team used two second-half goals and some steady goalkeeping from sophomore Sam Whipple (Kingston, N.H.) Saturday afternoon to shut out the University of Southern Maine 2-0 in a Little East Conference match at Hannaford Field.
The win levels the Panthers record in LEC play at 1-1, and improves their overall mark to 3-4-1. The Huskies slip of 0-2 in conference play and 0-9-1 overall.
Whipple came up big early in the second half preserving the scoreless tie with back-to-back saves on USM juniors Nat LeBlanc (Cumberland, Maine) and Tyler Rand (Westbrook, Maine). Whipple also got some help from the crossbar late in the first half when Rand's shot struck the bar and caromed over the goal.
Sophomore Alex Herbert (Lexington, Mass.) snapped a scoreless game in the 57th minute with his third marker of the season. Classmate Mason Cliche (Lancaster, N.H.) provided the insurance goal in the 67th minute.
PSU took the lead with a lightning-quick counterattack after a USM corner kick. Herbert took a perfect long pass from sophomore Ted Karlstrand (Halmstad, Sweden) down the left side before angling in on USM rookie goalkeeper Adam Verreault (Poland, Maine). Herbert placed his shot past Verreault into the far side of the goal.
Cliche added the insurance goal 10 minutes later when he knocked in the rebound of his own header that bounced off the right post.
Verreault played well in defeat making 10 saves. He came up big in the 31st minute stuffing an attempt by Herbert to keep the game scoreless.
Plymouth State finished the match with an 18-8 advantage in shots, including an 11-2 edge in the second half, and a slim 9-8 margin in corner kicks.
Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) when it hosts the University of Maine at Farmington in a non-conference match. Plymouth State will entertain Norwich University on Tuesday (5:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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