Julseth scores for Panthers
BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Truls Julseth (Fredrikstad, Norway) scored the game-tying goal in the 55th minute as Plymouth State University and the University of Massachusetts Boston played to a 1-1 draw in a Little East Conference (LEC) men's soccer game at James Cotter Field on Saturday.
UMass Boston took the lead in the 52nd minute, but Julseth countered less than three minutes later and neither teams' goalkeeper would allow another score.
Plymouth State moves to 3-6-3 and 1-4-2 in the LEC, while the Beacons now stand at 6-8-2 and 3-1-2 in league play.
Plymouth State 1, UMass Boston 1
Plymouth State 3-6-3, 1-4-2 LEC
UMass Boston 6-8-2, 3-1-2 LEC
How it Happened:
* Plymouth State nearly took a lead in the 18th minute, but junior Cam Bunn (Melbourne, Australia) had his shot rebound off the post.
* Senior Eric Murakami (Sao Paulo, Brazil) put the hosts on the board early in the second half. Sophomore goalkeeper Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) made a save on Murakami's initial blast, but the midfielder made good on the rebound try.
* Julseth answered for the Panthers minutes later, beating Beacons' goalkeeper Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) to the far post after a one-on-one.
* Freshman Alyosha Westbrook (Los Angeles, Calif.) just missed a go-ahead goal for PSU in the 73rd minute when his shot deflected off the crossbar.
Inside the Numbers:
* UMass Boston held a 22-13 advantage in shots, though only an 8-5 edge in shots on goal.
* After firing 10 shots in the second half, the Panthers were unable to get a shot off through the two overtime periods.
* UMB earned 11 corner kicks, while the Panthers took four.
* Lindeberg moved to 2-6-3 in goal for PSU after turning aside seven shots. Castro-Dreher made four saves for the hosts.
* The tie was just the sixth in 42 meetings between the two teams.
* UMass Boston had earned shutout wins in each of the three prior head to head meetings.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I was pleased with the application from the guys today after our poorest performance of the year on Wednesday," said head coach Rob Wright. "UMB is a top team and we went toe-to-toe with them for 110 minutes. Despite them having a lot of the ball and territory, we arguably created the best chances hitting the bar twice. It was also a big boost for the guys to see such a strong group of our Boston-based alums coming out for the game."
* The Panthers head to Northern Vermont University-Lyndon for a 3:00 p.m. non-conference match on Wednesday (Oct. 17).
* UMass Boston travels to Colby College for a non-conference game on Tuesday (Oct. 16) at 2:00 p.m.
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