Lindeberg makes seven saves in setback
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Plymouth State University sophomore goalkeeper Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) turned made seven saves, but Johnson & Wales University found the back of the net with just 1:16 remaining in double overtime to earn a 1-0 win in the season opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at Scotts Miracle-Gro Field.
The Wildcats stole the win when senior Riley McNicholas (Hopkinton, N.H.) got free inside the six yard line off a corner. His leaping header found the back of the net in the 109th minute to earn the win. PSU drops to 0-1 in the early going, with JWU moving to 1-0 on the year.
Plymouth State 0, Johnson & Wales 1 (2OT)
Plymouth State 0-1
Johnson & Wales 1-0
How it Happened:
* Plymouth State struggled to get any consistent offensive pressure in the opening half, with freshman Andre Oliveira (Milford, Mass.) recording the team's lone shot.
* JWU held a 6-0 advantage in corners in the first half, but the Panthers' defense, anchored by Lindeberg, held strong.
* The second half was more balanced, with each team firing five shots and having three corner opportunities, but neither was able to break through.
* With no score after regulation the teams headed into overtime. Plymouth's best scoring opportunity came in the 94th minute, but a shot from freshman Milian Eklund (Akersberga, Sweden) hit the crossbar.
* With time running out in double overtime, McNicholas broke free and got his head on a corner delivered by freshman JP Rioux (Stony Point, N.Y.) at the top of the six yard box to grab the win for the Wildcats.
Inside the Numbers:
* Lindeberg's seven saves matched the third highest total in his career.
* JWU finished with a 17-7 advantage in shots and a 12-3 edge in corners.
* The Wildcats finished last season ranked eighth in New England in the final NCAA New England Regional and D3soccer.com polls.
* In their previous meeting, Johnson & Wales snuck past PSU 2-1 in overtime.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Overall it is disappointing to lose with just 70 seconds to play," said head coach Rob Wright, "but we played very well under huge pressure in the first half, then carried the game in the second with the wind at our backs. Overall, to take a strong team all the way and get significant time for five freshmen was a positive."
* PSU is back in action on Monday (Sept. 3), when the Panthers visit New England College for a 7:00 p.m. game.
* The Wildcats host Wheaton College on Sunday (Sept. 2).
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