Panthers to face LEC rival Keene State on Saturday
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – In an aggressive, back-and-forth men's soccer game, Plymouth State University fell to Norwich University by a final score of 2-1.
Plymouth came into the game having won six of the last seven matchups between the two schools, but was unable to continue the recent trend. The Panthers move to 2-8-0 on the year, with Norwich improving to 4-3-4.
Freshman Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) took the loss in net, while making four saves on six shots.
Norwich started off the game in similar fashion to the way it has opened almost every game this season, by scoring early. Just eight minutes into the action, senior Camilo Estrada (Pawtucket, R.I.) put the visitors on top. Estrada netted a through pass from sophomore Dashiell Vermilya (Montpelier, Vt.) to take the early 1-0 lead.
Plymouth bounced back and equalized the game six minutes later. On the first corner kick of the game, senior Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) sent an in-swinger to the back of the six-yard box, where junior Truls Julseth (Fredrikstad, Norway) slid a shot through traffic and into the back of the net.
After the back 30 minutes of the first half ticked out, the teams entered halftime in a 1-1 stalemate. It wouldn't take long before Norwich was able to seal the victory with the go-ahead goal, however. In the 54 th minute, senior Colin Lozito (Wilmington, Vt.) beat a pair of defenders while streaking down the left side of the field, then slipped it past a sliding Lindeberg to give the Cadets the lead.
Both teams saw plenty of opportunities in the final 20 minutes of action, with each squad totaling 11 shots. Lozito's goal held up, though, and Norwich was able to hang on for the 2-1 victory.
Junior Brendan Germano (Monroe Township, N.J.) finished with the goaltending victory, posting his fourth win as the only Cadet to see time in net this season.
Plymouth State is back in Little East Conference (LEC) action this weekend. The Panthers will be on the road Saturday at rival Keene State in a match that could make or break PSU's hopeful playoff run.
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