Panthers drop first LEC contest in see-saw affair
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, R.I.) scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime Saturday afternoon as the Rhode Island College men's soccer team defeated Plymouth State Univiersity, 4-3, in Little East Conference action at the RIC Soccer Field.
Junior Joseph Plude (East Haddam, Conn.) scored the game-tying goal in the 80th minute to set up the extra session. RIC went on to improve to 7-4-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the LEC while PSU drops to 3-7-1 overall and 2-1-1 in conference play.
The Anchormen applied pressure early with freshman forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, R.I.) finding the back of the net on a long feed from Plude in the ninth minute to put the hosts up, 1-0.
PSU sophomore goaltender Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) made several key stops over the remaining 36 minutes of the opening frame to keep the score 1-0 entering the half. RIC freshman goalkeeper Adam Ghazal (Pawtucket, RI) made three stops in the first stanza, while Lindeberg turned away five.
The Panthers knotted the score at 1-1 just 52 seconds into the second half when a Plymouth cross into the box was misplayed by the Anchormen defense and deflected past Ghazal into their own net. RIC nearly went ahead in the 56th minute when sophomore Devin Lambert (Albion, R.I.) blasted a low shot from 15 yards out, but Lindeberg deflected over the net with his foot.
A RIC foul in the box with 18:10 remaining in the second half led to a penalty kick for PSU freshman forward Nick Rutherford (Batesman Bay, New South Wales) who stepped up and calmly put the PK past Ghazal.
The lead was short-lived as Dogeby found junior Kevin Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) for the equalizer just 15 seconds later.
Once again the visitors took the lead when junior forward Senad Mehmedovic (Concord, N.H.) fired a low cross across the box on to the foot of junior defender Graham Hughes (Billerica, Mass.), who redirected it past Ghazal to give the Panthers the 3-2 lead in the 75th minute.
Plude then tied the game with a header off an Asiedu corner kick in the 81st minute. The teams traded opportunities down the stretch, but neither team was able to capitalize. The game entered extra time with the score tied 3-3.
The first overtime frame saw no goals and the game looked to be heading for a tie until Arboleda drew a foul in the box in the 106th minute that gave the Anchormen a penalty kick of their own. Asiedu stepped up and buried his eighth goal of the season to give RIC the hard-fought 4-3 double overtime victory. It was the fourth penalty kick strike and fourth game-winning goal of the year.
Ghazal (6-4-1) finished with six saves in the victory, while Lindeberg (3-5-1) made 12 stops in the loss.
Rhode Island College will continue Little East action next Saturday at home against Eastern Connecticut (1 p.m.). PSU gets right back into action Sunday with a non-conference game at Johnson State College (3:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information)
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