Nilsson's hat trick sparks Panthers to conference victory
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Freshman Viktor Nilsson (Stockholm, Sweden) scored three goals as the Plymouth State University men's soccer team clinched a Little East Conference playoff berth Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Cressy Field.
The Panthers improve to 8-5-1 overall and 4-1-1 in conference play, clinching an LEC Tourney berth for the first time since 2012, while UMD slips to 7-7-1 overall and 2-3-1 in LEC play.
The first goal was struck in the 44th minute when Panther freshman Marc Herrington (London, England) found the back of the net for his first collegiate goal. Herrington received the pass from senior Adam Edmunds (Wilton, N.H.) and sent the Panthers into the intermission up 1-0.
The scoring would pick up right where it left off in the second half, when Nilsson gathered the pass from classmate Herrington ripping a shot that deflected off a Corsair and found the back of the net for his in the 63rd minute. Nilsson would strike two more times in the match, next when he received a cross from sophomore Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia), flicking it into the open net. His final goal in the waning moments of the contest was set up from a far shot from Rutherford, with Nilsson eventually looping in into the front left corner of the net.
Freshman Dan Shaw (Winchester, England) rounded on the list of scorers for PSU.
Panther netminder Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) earned the victory by turning aside all six shots on goal, improving to 8-3-1 on the year. Corsair junior keeper Andre Reis (Fall River, Mass.) made one save.
UMass Dartmouth led Plymouth State in both corner kicks (13-4) and shots (14-11), but they could not capitalize on the chances that they produced.
The Corsairs will be back in action on Tuesday at 7 pm when they host Suffolk University at Cressy Field, while Plymouth State will visit Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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