Panthers claim share of LEC regular season title; host Beacons Wednesday in semifinal
BOSTON – Senior Petro Masumbuko (Manchester, N.H./Central) scored the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute Saturday afternoon to give Plymouth State University a 1-0 overtime victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston in the Little East Conference men's soccer regular season finale for both schools at James Cotter Field.
The victory gives PSU a share of the LEC regular season title, with the Panthers (9-6-1) and Eastern Connecticut State University (14-3-1 overall) both finishing at 5-1-1 in conference play.
Masumbuko's game-winning tally came after the forward was able to get in behind the Beacons defense and beat senior goalkeeper Estive Sosa (Chelsea, Mass.) to the far post. Assisting on the play was Erik Ljunglof (Orebro, Sweden) who sent a perfectly placed ball up the middle of the field that allowed the fast breaking Masumbuko to run on to.
That decision coupled with the 1-0 UMass Dartmouth victory over Eastern Connecticut earned the Panthers the number two seed, while the Beacons who would have been crowned regular season champs with a win, now find themselves as the third seed going into the next Wednesday's semi-final match.
UMass Boston outshot the Panthers 26-9 (9-3 in shots on goal). UMass Boston also held a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Panthers' goalkeeper Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) improved to 9-3-1, and made a total nine stops, two of which were point blank attempts in both the first and second halves. Sosa, who was handed his first loss of the year (5-1), did not register a save., while classmate Alfonso Rosales (Revere, Mass.) made two saves in the first 45 minutes of play.
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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