Three second half goals ignite Panthers to victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A trio of second half goals helped spark the Plymouth State University men's soccer team to a 4-1 non-conference win over Suffolk University in the team's home opener at Arold Field on Wednesday night.
PSU controlled play for much of the game, but a beautiful goal from Suffolk senior Jordan Casey (East Hampton, Conn.) made it a 1-1 game at the half. The Panthers turned it on in the second half with goals from junior Mauricio Acevedo (Nashua, N.H.), freshman Alyosha Westbrook (Los Angeles, Calif.) and sophomore Ryan Brown (Milton, Vt.) to secure the first win of the season.
Plymouth improves to 1-1-1, while Suffolk drops to 0-3-0.
Plymouth State 4, Suffolk 1
Plymouth State 1-1-1
How it Happened:
* PSU took a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute. Senior Juan Rivera (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) fired a shot from inside the box that hit the right post. The ball rebounded right to junior Cam Bunn (Melbourne, Australia), who buried it in the back of the open net.
* Suffolk scored the equalizer on a beautiful deep shot by Casey in the 28th minute. The captain blasted a knuckler from 30-yards out high to the far post to knot the game at 1-1.
* The Panthers went back in front on another rebound goal in the 60th minute. Freshman Milian Eklund (Akersberga, Sweden) fired a shot from 10-yards out that forced Suffolk senior goalkeeper David Haines (New York, N.Y.) to make a diving stop, but the ball deflected off Haines right to Acevedo, who tapped it in for the lead.
* Plymouth upped the margin to 3-1 two minutes later. Acevedo sent a ball from the Panthers' defensive half over the top of the Rams backline and Westbrook beat Haines one-on-one for his first career tally.
* Brown capped the scoring with a strike from the corner of the box in the 83rd minute.
Inside the Numbers:
* Although PSU limited the Rams to just one shot on goal in the first half, Casey's blast made it a 1-1 game at the break.
* PSU held an 8-1 edge in corners and outshot the Rams by a 17-5 margin.
* The damage could have been worse, as two PSU shots found the crossbar and a third shot destined for the goal was cleared by a Rams' defender.
* Haines finished with seven saves for Suffolk, his third straight game with at least seven stops to start the season.
* After being held scoreless over 110 minutes of play in the season opener, PSU has tallied seven goals in its last two games.
* The win was Plymouth's first in a home opener since 2008.
* This was the first meeting between the two schools.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I'm obviously pleased with the result," said head coach Rob Wright. "It was nice to see all four guys score their first career goals. We've still got lots of work to do, but today was a step in the right direction."
* The Panthers continue a four-match homestand with a 4:00 p.m. contest against regional power Endicott on Saturday (Sept. 8).
* Suffolk is also back in action on Saturday (Sept. 8), opening its Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) slate at home against Rivier at noon.
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