PSU and Southern Maine battle to scoreless draw in men’s soccer

Mull preserves shutout as Panthers pressure Husky goal

            NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's soccer team had a 10-2 advantage over the University of Southern Maine in shots on goal Friday evening, but couldn't get one past Husky freshman keeper Charles Mull (Portland, Maine) and the two teams settled for a 0-0 double overtime draw in a Little East Conference match at The New Hampton School field.

            Mull finished with 10 saves, including three in the overtime sessions to record his first career shutout. The outcome puts USM at 1-7-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the LEC and PSU at 2-5-1 overall and 1-0-1 in conference play.

            PSU had a total shot advantage of 10-3 in the first half, 9-2 in the second half, and 3-0 in overtime. The Panthers rattled two shots off the cross bar in the first half, one by junior Refaat Bashir (Manchester, N.H./Central) in the seventh minute and another by junior Adam Edmunds (Wilton, N.H.) from about 40 yards out in the 28th minute.

            Mull came up huge with time winding down in regulation, with just under four minutes remaining. He made the save on the first shot from the left side by Panther freshman Nick Rutherford (Batesman Bay, New South Wales), and then denied junior Petro Masumbuko (Manchester, N.H./Central) from point blank range on the rebound from the right side.

            PSU put three shots on goal in the two overtimes, but Mull stopped all three, including a beauty on a shot by junior Ted Karlstrand (Halmstad, Sweden) with four minutes to go.

            Sophomore keeper Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) was efficient in the Panther goal and made two saves for his first whitewash of the season and his third career clean sheet.

            Plymouth State returns to action Tuesday with a non-conference match at Norwich University (7:00 p.m.) while Southern Maine visits UMaine Farmington Wednesday for a non-conference affair (3:30 p.m.) 

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