Westbrook, Bunn lead Panthers to non-conference win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Alyosha Westbrook (Los Angeles, Calif.) and junior Cam Bunn (Melbourne, Australia) scored second half goals to lead Plymouth State University to a 2-1 win over Colby-Sawyer College in a physical non-conference men's soccer game at a frigid Arold Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Westbrook picked up his third goal of the season in the 57th minute on a header off a corner kick and Bunn added his team-leading fifth tally of the year just six minutes later, heading in a beautiful cross from Westbrook. The Chargers cut the margin to 2-1 in the 86th minute when senior Yannick Gonsalves headed in a corner, but the Panthers were able to hold on for the win.
Prior to the game Plymouth State honored its seven seniors; Dan Shaw (Winchester, England), Melker Blomberg (Stockholm, Sweden), Marc Herrington (Chelmsford, England), Nate Roberts (Gorham, Maine), Micah Peterson (Fremont, N.H.), Juan Rivera (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) and Truls Julseth (Fredrikstad, Norway).
The win pushes the Panthers to 5-6-3, while Colby-Sawyer had its five-game unbeaten streak broken to drop to 6-7-2.
Plymouth State 2, Colby-Sawyer 1
Plymouth State 5-6-3
How it Happened:
* The game's first good scoring opportunity came in the 26th minute, when Colby-Sawyer freshman Mason Galbato (North Easton, Mass.) lined up a drive from 30 yards out to the top left corner, but goalkeeper Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) had it lined up.
* PSU nearly broke through two minutes later. Julseth sent a free kick from 35 yards out along the right sideline into the box, but Rivera's attempt was denied by Colby-Sawyer goalie Shane Sacks (Huntington Station, N.Y.).
* The best chance for either team came in the 34th minute when Chargers' freshman Ryan Kresco collected a quick pass at the top of the 18, but his blast skimmed over the top of the crossbar.
* PSU had a couple of chances late in the half. Freshman Milian Eklund (Akersberga, Sweden) had his one-timer denied in the 35th minute and Westbrook's turnaround shot in the final seconds sailed over the crossbar.
* Westbrook put the home team on top in the 57th minute. Sophomore Erik Armskog (Gothenburg, Sweden) delivered a perfect corner to the back post, and Westbrook's header got past Sacks.
* PSU doubled its lead six minutes later. Eklund intercepted a Chargers' pass near midfield, then sent a streaking Westbrook down the right side. As he approached the 18, Westbrook connected with an unmarked Bunn in the box, who headed it to the near post.
* The Chargers got one goal back in the 86th minute. Sophomore Dallas Robinson (Enfield, Conn.) delivered a corner to the far post where Gonsalves headed it in.
Inside the Numbers:
* Plymouth State held an 11-9 edge in shots, including a 9-5 advantage in shots on goal.
* Each team finished with three corners.
* Armskog's assist was his team-leading sixth of the year.
* Sacks finished with seven saves for the Chargers, but dropped to 1-6-1, while Lindeberg improved to 3-6-0 after making four saves.
* The two teams have met eight straight years, evenly splitting the results.
* PSU has now won two straight against the Chargers after last year's 3-2 win in New London.
* Plymouth State wraps up the regular season with a huge Little East Conference game at Arold Field on Saturday (Oct. 27). With a win over Western Connecticut State, the Panthers will assure themselves of a LEC Tournament playoff spot. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.
* Colby-Sawyer's next game will come in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) playoffs. The Chargers host Albertus Magnus in a first round game on Saturday (Oct. 27) at 2:30 p.m.
| Plymouth State seniors with their families and head coach Rob Wright.
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