Panthers fall to 3-3 in LEC play
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – In one of the best games of the regular season, Western Connecticut State University completed a second-half comeback to upend Plymouth State University, 3-2, at Arold Field in Little East Conference (LEC) men's soccer action Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Mikey Sciortino (Shelton, Conn.) scored his second game-winner of the season in the 69th minute to seal the victory and boost the Colonials to second in the LEC.
Western Connecticut (12-6, 4-2 LEC) and Plymouth State (5-9, 3-3 LEC) entered the game in a three-way tie for second place in the league, along with Rhode Island College.
Plymouth State's offense was firing on all cylinders in the first, scoring two goals in the first 45 minutes, but WCSU was twice able to come back from a goal down to earn the win.
Scoring started 22 minutes into play, with the Panthers taking the early lead. After Western Connecticut junior goalkeeper Luca DiCarlo (Waterbury, Conn.) came off his line to clear a ball, sophomore Jerry Randolph (Malmo, Sweden) touched it around him and fired a cross through the six. The striker found a senior Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) who touched in his sixth goal of the season.
Seven minutes later the Colonials responded. A big clearance inside the 18 off a PSU corner kick put the ball on junior Chauncey Allers' (Wilton, Conn.) foot. Allers, near midfield, broke around a PSU defender and was able to beat freshman goalkeeper Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) to even the score.
With five minutes left in the first half Plymouth retook the lead. Junior Juan Rivera (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.), who had been in the game just three minutes, gave the Panther offense a huge spark. A through ball to Rutherford set up a two-on-three, and a beautiful feed from Rutherford to Rivera led to a chip shot just outside the 18 that beat DiCarlo over the top.
Following halftime, the momentum switched to the visitor's side. Allers made a run through the box and senior Darion Richeme' (Danbury, Conn.) placed a perfect pass to the head of Allers, who beat Lindeberg for his 13th goal of the season.
Sciortino finished off the scoring just twenty minutes before the final whistle. The PSU defense was unable to clear a ball from inside the 18 and Sciortino found it on his feet and squeaked it past Lindeberg for the game-winner.
Plymouth State is on the road for their last non-conference game of the season Wednesday afternoon against Colby-Sawyer College, with kick-off scheduled for 3 p.m.
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