Rutherford, Rivera help Panthers remain unbeaten in LEC
GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) and freshman Juan Rivera (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) each had a goal and an assist Saturday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University Panthers to a 3-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference men's soccer game at Hannaford Field.
With the win, Plymouth State remains undefeated in the Little East at 2-0-1 and improves its overall record to 4-3-1. Southern Maine falls to 1-7-1 with the loss and 0-4-1 in the LEC.
PSU struck early grabbing a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute. Rivera ran onto a well-played through ball from Rutherford. The Panthers held the 1-0 advantage until the 26th minute when the Huskies' pulled even on a fantastic strike from sophomore Ibrahim Mohamed (Lewiston, Maine). With the ball cleared out of the box, Mohamed launched a powerful strike from 35-yards out hitting the upper corner of the frame. The score remained one all through the half.
Both teams battled through a scoreless 20 minutes in the second half, until junior Jesper Fredholm (Stockholm, Sweden) hustled onto a Rivera deflected shot in the box for the game-winner in the 76th minute. Plymouth State sealed the victory late in the game making it 3-1 in the 90th minute as Rutherford broke free. Freshman Viktor Nilsson (Stockholm, Sweden) lofted a ball over the top of the Huskies' defense freeing Rutherford who timed his run well to set up the goal with led than 30 seconds remaining in regulation.
Junior goalkeeper Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) earned the shutout for the Panthers making a pair of saves. Huskies' freshman Simon Hulbert (Bar Harbor, Maine/Mt. Desert Island) played well in net making six saves in loss.
Southern Maine travels to Bowdoin on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game. Plymouth State hosts Western Connecticut in a Little East Conference match up on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
-- 30 --