Three named to First Team for Panthers; Wright earns Coach of the Year
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Eight members of the Plymouth State University men's soccer program were honored by the Little East Conference Wednesday for their outstanding performances over the course of the 2015 season, as voted by the LEC head coaches.
Senior midfielders Alex Herbert (Lexington, Mass.) and Ted Karlstrand (Halmstad, Sweden) and junior goalkeeper Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) were honored as All-LEC First Team selections, while senior defenders Adam Edmunds (Wilton, N.H./Wilton-Lyndeborough) and Connor Noe (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding), freshman midfielder Viktor Nilsson (Stockholm, Sweden) and sophomore forward Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) were All-LEC Second Team honorees.
Panther head coach Rob Wright received one of the major awards this year as he was voted by his peers as LEC Men's Soccer Coach of the Year. Picked to finish fifth in the LEC preseason poll, the Panthers captured a share of the LEC regular season championship under Coach Wright, along with Eastern Connecticut State University, and battled nationally-ranked Eastern to a 1-1 draw back in September.
A 5'5" senior, Herbert earns his third straight All-Conference recognition, having received First Team honors as a defender in 2013 and Second Team accolades last year at midfield. He is a valuable all-around player for the Panthers, with outstanding speed and defense while ranking third on the team in scoring with four goals and one assist. A four-year starter, Herbert played in 62 career games, starting 58, and registered 12 goals and four assists.
A 6'2" senior, Karlstrand receives his first All-Conference honor for the Panthers. He started 11 of 13 games this season, scoring two goals and two assists. A four-year starter and three-year co-captain, Karlstrand played in 55 career games, starting 50, and registered nine goals and four assists.
A 6'2" junior, Lindeberg started 14 games in goal for PSU, registering a 1.05 goals against average and an 81.7 save percentage, both third-best in the Little East. He posted four shutouts, including LEC whitewashes over Western Connecticut State University and the Universities of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Boston. Lindeberg is also an Academic All-Region selection as a biology major and is a candidate for Academic All-America.
Edmunds and Noe anchored a Panther defense that allowed just 26 goals in 17 games, and surrendered only five goals in seven conference outings. In addition to four clean sheets as a team, the PSU defense held defending national champion Tufts University to one goal in a 1-0 loss in September.
Rutherford and Nilsson were the offensive sparks for the Panthers, Rutherford leading the team in scoring with six goals and seven assists and Nilsson ranking second with four goals and two assists. Rutherford, who has led the team in scoring the past two seasons, tallied two goals in a season-opening win over Salem State University, and collected three assists in an LEC triumph over UMass Dartmouth. Nilsson recorded a three-goal outing in the UMass Dartmouth contest, a 5-0 whitewash, and was named LEC Rookie of the Week.
The Panthers completed the season with a 9-7-1 overall record, posting the most wins in a season since the 2006 Panthers finished 10-7-2. PSU and Eastern Connecticut tied for the LEC regular season title with 5-1-1 marks, the best conference finish for Plymouth State since winning the regular season championship in 2006.
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