Panthers drop fourth one-goal decision of season
NASHUA, N.H. – Rookie Aaron Esparza's (Dover, N.H.) game-winner 3:38 into sudden death overtime off a Cameron Cormay (Hudson, N.H.) pass delivered host Daniel Webster College a tightly played 2-1 victory over Plymouth State University in a battle of intrastate foes Wednesday at Eagle Field.
Esparza picked up his team-leading sixth goal of the season as his 15-yarder stayed low to the right corner just beating Panther keeper Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) as the Eagles (3-2-1) topped the Panthers (1-5) for the first time since 2011. Four of PSU's five losses this season have been by one goal, and the other was by two goals.
The teams went scoreless through the first half with Plymouth State pressing while DWC's defense held stiff limiting the Panthers to one shot on goal.
Both teams opened up in the second half and while DWC controlled the tempo more than in the opener, it was PSU that saw two terrific scoring opportunities denied. Eagle keeper Sean Hamilton (Brookline, N.H.) stoned two Panther attempts including the highlight of the game, a point-blank stop on Ted Karlstrand's (Halmstad, Sweden) one-timer rebound from two yards in front with 28 minutes remaining.
Hamilton stood up PSU's Yani Stancioff (Camden, Maine) 10 minutes later from 20 yards out and finished with six saves on the day.
DWC forged ahead in the 56th minute as Eusebio Marote (Lowell, Mass.) sent a 25-yard free kick from the left corner of the box that hooked towards the center and then twirled left just past the leap of Lindeberg. The Panther keeper finished with five saves, four in the first half.
The Eagles head out on the road for their next three beginning with a stop at Maine-Farmington on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Plymouth State hosts Keene State in a Little East Conference match Saturday at New Hampton School beginning at 6:30 p.m.
(Courtesy of Daniel Webster Sports Information)
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