Rutherford (two goals, one assist) continues to rewrite record books
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – In the final non-conference match of the year, senior Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) played a part in all three Panther goals as Plymouth State University topped Colby-Sawyer College, 3-2, at Veitch Turf Field on Wednesday afternoon.
While battling the elements as well as the Chargers, PSU snapped CSC's six-game winning streak to improve to 6-9-0 on the year. Colby-Sawyer dropped to 10-6-0.
The Chargers took the lead in the 30th minute when junior Noah Camelo (Marblehead, Mass.) headed a bouncing ball into the Panthers' goal.
PSU answered just before halftime. Following a CSC offsides, Plymouth State freshman goalkeeper Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) drove a free kick towards the box that was flicked on by Rutherford to senior Erik Ljunglof (Orebro, Sweden), who beat the CSC goalie for his fifth of the season.
The Panthers put extra pressure on the Charger defense to start the second half. Junior Juan Rivera (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) sent a through ball to Rutherford, who deposited it into the far corner to give PSU a 2-1 lead in the 55th minute.
Five minutes later Rutherford struck again. Rivera sent a pass over the top of the Colby-Sawyer back line and Rutherford volleyed it over the keeper to extend the lead to 3-1.
Colby-Sawyer cut the deficit to 3-2 in the 74th minute. Senior Denali Sexton (Barrington, R.I.) sent a through ball between a pair of Panther defenders, leading to a CSC breakaway. Senior Jake Sykes (Laconia, N.H.) scored into the far corner for his sixth goal of the season.
PSU nearly got the goal back less than a minute later, but sophomore goalie Jarod Parkins (North Kingstown, R.I.) made a save on Rivera's shot, and junior Truls Julseth (Fredrikstad, Norway) and Rutherford both had shots just off target.
Lindeberg was tested late, but was able to keep the Chargers from netting the game-tying goal. The rookie finished with five saves to improve to 5-6-0. His counterpart, Parkins, fell to 1-1-0 after making seven stops.
Rutherford's two goals give him a team high of eight for the year, and his 29 career goals are seventh most in program history. The 5-11 forward recorded his 28th career assist, second most of all time, and his 10 helpers this fall are tied for eighth-most in a season. Additionally, Rutherford's 86 career points are the sixth most of all-time.
The Panthers owned an 18-11 advantage in shots, while the Chargers had six corner kicks to PSU's five.
Plymouth State wraps up the regular season on Saturday (Oct. 28) by welcoming LEC opponent Rhode Island College to Arold Field for a 2:00 p.m. contest. The Panthers will be assured of a playoff spot with a victory.
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