PSU Men’s Soccer blanks Lyndon State on Senior Day

PSU Men’s Soccer blanks Lyndon State on Senior Day

Panthers win third straight game heading into big conference weekend

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's soccer team picked up its third straight win Tuesday afternoon as the Panthers took down non-conference opponent Lyndon State College, 3-0, on Senior Day at Arold Field.

            Prior to the game the Panthers honored seniors Chris Gonzalez (Stratford, Conn.), Jimmy Mansour (Auburn, N.H.), Erik Ljunglof (Orebro, Sweden) and Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia).

            Mansour made his fourth start of the year in goal, earning his first career shutout while turning away five shots in the victory. With the win the Panthers improved to 5-8-0 overall, while Lyndon State fell to 5-8-1.

            It didn't take long for the Panthers to get on the board. After controlling the tempo of play over the first 12 minutes, Rutherford possessed the ball along the left side and set up a streaking Ljunglof inside the six-yard box. Ljunglof was taken down from behind by a Lyndon defender and awarded a penalty shot. The 6-1 midfielder slipped a perfectly placed shot low to the right corner, beating LSC senior goalkeeper Matt LeClair (Beekmantown, N.Y.) for his third goal of the year.

            PSU doubled its lead in the 25th minute. Ljunglof twisted a corner kick to the back corner of the six-yard box, right to the foot of junior Dan Shaw (Winchester, England), who directed it past LeClair for his first goal of the season.

            Plymouth State tacked on another goal just five minutes later. After a three-on-two, Rutherford worked his way around an LSC defender along the left goal line and into the box. The 5-11 forward sent a beautiful cross to junior Harvest Perez (Walpole, Mass.), who was alone on the far side. Perez one-touched the ball into the back of the net to pick up his first goal of the season.

            With a three-goal lead at the intermission, the Panthers buckled down defensively for the second half, coasting to the win. PSU outshot the Hornets by a 27-5 margin, including a 15-0 advantage in the first half.

            LeClair put forth a solid effort for Lyndon, making 10 saves on the afternoon. The senior kept the Hornets in the game while coming up with a number of big saves late in the second half.

            PSU will look to carry its recent momentum into Saturday's match-up with Little East Conference nemesis Western Connecticut. The Panthers will host the Colonials at Arold Field at noon. WCSU is currently part of a three-way tie for second place in the league with Plymouth State and Rhode Island College.

PSU men's soccer seniors, their families and coaches.  


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