PSU Men’s Soccer tripped up by USM in double OT

PSU Men’s Soccer tripped up by USM in double OT

Lindeberg makes season high ten saves in LEC loss

            GORHAM, Maine – For the fourth time in seven contests the Plymouth State University men's soccer team played into overtime where the Panthers were tripped up by the University of Southern Maine, 2-1, in a Little East Conference (LEC) game at Hannaford Field on Saturday afternoon.

            Plymouth State rallied from a 1-0 deficit when junior Cam Bunn (Melbourne, Australia) and freshman Alyosha Westbrook (Los Angeles, Calif.) connected for a beautiful goal in the 85th minute, but junior Hany Ramadan (Portland, Maine) scored the game-winner in the 107th minute after a perfect pass led to a one-on-one with PSU sophomore goalkeeper Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden).

            With the setback, PSU drops to 2-3-2 and 0-1-1 in league play, while Southern Maine improves to 2-5-1 and 1-1-0 in the LEC.

 

            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 1, Southern Maine 2 (2OT)

 

            Plymouth State 2-3-2, 0-1-1 LEC

            Southern Maine 2-5-1, 1-1-0 LEC

 

            How it Happened:

            * After a scoreless first half, Southern Maine struck early in the second to snag a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Benjamin Musese (Auburn, Maine) scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season after finishing a through ball from senior Sam Anderson (Middletown, Conn.).

            * The Panthers pulled even in the 85th minute. Bunn beat his defender from 30-yards out on the left wing, before sending a cross to the top of the six-yard box, where Westbrook one-timed it across the goal line.

            * USM had the best scoring opportunity for either team in the first overtime, but Lindeberg made a spectacular save to keep the game even.

            * The teams went back and forth through the second overtime, until the Huskies were able to put the game away late. Anderson won a ball at midfield, then lofted a pass over the top of the Panthers' defense to Ramadan, who was able to take one touch to get past a charging Lindeberg before flicking a shot into the open net.

 

            Inside the Numbers:

            * Lindeberg's ten saves were a season best and the second highest total of his career. He made 13 stops in a setback at UMass Boston last fall.

            * USM held the Panthers without a shot through the two overtime periods and held a slight 17-15 advantage for the game.

            * The Panthers four overtime games are already twice as many as last fall's total.

            * Dating back to 1986 the Panthers own a 24-8-2 mark against Southern Maine. USM broke a stretch of seven straight meetings without a win.

 

            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "It was a very competitive game," said head coach Rob Wright. "We've got to learn to put some of our offensive chances away and do a better job of closing out games. The younger guys are learning that every team in the LEC is competitive and that we need to play for 90 minutes-plus every time out."

 

            Up Next:

            * The Panthers remain in LEC play on Wednesday (Sept. 26) when they travel to Rhode Island College for a 6:00 p.m. game.

            * Southern Maine hosts Bowdoin for a non-conference battle under the lights on Wednesday (Sept. 26). Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

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