PSU Men’s Soccer falters against Norwich

PSU Men’s Soccer falters against Norwich

Brown scores for Panthers in setback

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Ryan Brown (Milton, Vt.) picked up his second goal in as many games, but Plymouth State University surrendered three unanswered goals to fall to Norwich University, 3-1, in a non-conference men's soccer game at Arold Field on Saturday afternoon.

            Brown gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead early in the second half, but freshman Joseph Thongsythavong (Salem, Mass.) evened the game with the first of his three goals on the afternoon just six minutes later.

            Plymouth State moves to 1-1-0 on the young season, while Norwich improves to 3-1-0.


            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 1, Norwich 3


            Plymouth State (1-1-0)

            Norwich (3-1-0)


            How it Happened.

  • After an uneventful first half, junior Erik Armskog (Gothenburg, Sweden) picked up his second assist of the year when he sent a corner kick to the front of the goal from the right side, where Brown headed it into the back of the net in the 50th minute.
  • Thongsythavon knotted the game at one in the 56th minute. A header of a loose ball bouncing around in the box from sophomore Amerle Nemeye (Burlington, Vt.) fell to Thongsythavon, who volleyed it in.
  • The Cadets pulled ahead on a controversial goal in the 73rd minute. Nemeye sent a cross from the left side and Thongsythavon headed it toward the goal. The ball struck the post and was grabbed by junior Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden), but the assistant referee stated the ball had crossed the goal line.
  • Thongsythavon completed the hat trick in the 77th minute when he scored off a rebound.
  • PSU had a chance to cut into the deficit in the 80th minute, but keeper Robert Wagenseller (Poway, Calif.) made a stop on a penalty kick and Norwich held on for the win.


            Inside the Numbers:

  • Brown has scored in each of the Panthers' games thus far and leads the team with two goals and five points.
  • Lindeberg finished with nine saves for PSU, but had his record dip to 1-1-0. Wagenseller made four stops to improve to 3-1-0.
  • Norwich held a 17-6 lead in shots and 8-5 advantage in corners.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "Overall I thought the result was a fair representation of Norwich's ability," said head coach Rob Wright. "Having scored the first goal it was a little disappointing to see a letdown in our energy. We created some great chances in the last 15 minutes, but by then we had given ourselves too much of a deficit to recover."


            Up Next:

  • Plymouth State travels to Pine Manor on Wednesday (Sept. 11) for a 5:00 p.m. contest.



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