PSU Men’s Soccer edges Keene State in LEC opener

Mehmedovic scores game-winner for Panthers

            NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Junior Senad Mehmedovic (Concord, N.H.) scored his first goal of the season midway through the second half, snapping a 1-1 tie and giving Plymouth State University a 2-1 triumph over rival Keene State College in the Little East Conference men's soccer opener for both schools at the New Hampton School Field.

            PSU snapped a three-game losing streak and upped its record to 2-5 overall (1-0 LEC), while Keene State fell to 2-4 (0-1 LEC).

            The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of the game, when junior Adam Edmunds (Wilton, N.H.) took a crossing pass in the middle of the box with his back to the goal, spun around and deposited the ball into the far left corner for his first goal of the season.

            Keene State tied the match 12 minutes later when sophomore Conor Leahy (Beverly, Mass.) sent a through ball deep into the PSU zone, and freshman Promise Kpee (Manchester, N.H./West) ran it down and sent the ball into the left side of the goal for his second of the season.

            PSU missed a chance to take the lead late in the first half but a header by junior Ted Karlstrand (Halmstad, Sweden) was off target.

            Mehmedovic notched the eventual game-winner in the 62nd minute, collecting a loose ball and scoring into the far corner from 10 yards out.

            Keene State finished with a 9-5 advantage in shots, including 6-1 in the second half. Sophomore keeper Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) made four saves to post the win in the Panther goal, while Keene keeper Mike Ketterman (Monson, Mass.) tallied one save.

            PSU plays again on Friday with a conference match at the New Hampton School against the University of Southern Maine (6:30 p.m.) Keene State plays a non-conference affair Wednesday at Green Mountain College (3:00 p.m.) 

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