Rutherford tallies goal and assist in win
SALEM, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's soccer team shutout Salem State University 2-0 in the season opener for both teams. The Panthers scored on the only two shots put on net, while freshman Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and senior Jimmy Mansour (Auburn, N.H.) combined for an eight save shutout.
Seniors Erik Ljunglöf (Orebro, Sweden) and Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) provided the offense for PSU, scoring a goal apiece. The Panthers move to 1-0 on the season, while Salem State falls to 0-1.
"I'm pleased with our commitment," said head coach Rob Wright. "Today was one of the most physical games I can remember. We needed guys to step up off the bench, play well and keep their composure."
Ljunglöf notched the Panther's first goal on the season at the 57-minute mark from 20 yards out. Rutherford took advantage of a free kick and led Ljunglöf to the left of the net who scored on a shot inside the far post. Rutherford tacked on the second goal in the 79th minute.
Lindeberg recorded the win stopping six Vikings shots and Mansour came on for the final 30 minutes turning away a pair.
The Vikings outshot PSU by a 15-3 overall margin and finished with an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal.
"This was a big team win," added Wright. "The guys showed lots of character."
Plymouth State hosts New England College on Sunday (Sept. 3) at 4:00 p.m. to open their home schedule. Salem State travels to Curry College on Monday (Sept. 4) afternoon.
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