Panthers create scoring chances late but are unable to finish
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Despite putting five shots on goal, the Plymouth State University men's soccer team suffered a 3-0 setback to Johnson & Wales in a non-conference match at Arold Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The visitors' JP Rioux (Stony Point, N.Y.) started the scoring off within the first five minutes. Another first half goal gave Johnson & Wales a two goal lead heading into halftime. A third Wildcat goal came in the late minutes of the second half to solidify the shutout win.
Junior goalkeeper Owen Caggiano (Sandwich, Mass.) took the loss while recording three saves on six shots.
With the loss the Panthers drop to 1-3-0 on the young campaign.
Plymouth State 0, Johnson & Wales 3
Plymouth State (1-3-0)
Johnson & Wales (3-2-0)
How it Happened:
- Johnson & Wales started the scoring early in the first half. Senior Erik Schneider (Plantsville, Conn.) sent a throw from deep along the right side into the box where junior Joulien Martinelli (Cranston, R.I.) headed it across to Rioux, who headed it into the net.
- Just four minutes later, Schneider crossed the ball into the box from the right side and freshman Szymon Gutekunst (East Northport, N.Y.) was able to one-time the shot for the goal.
- The Panthers had a scoring chance late in the first half when the ball was volleyed into the box where it deflected off two defenders and sophomore Ryan Brown (Milton, Vt.) was able to get a shot off but it was saved.
- Another PSU scoring chance happened in the second half when sophomore Filip Johansson (Lulea, Sweden) crossed the ball in, allowing junior Erik Armskog (Gothenburg, Sweden) to take the shot that was ultimately saved.
- The third Wildcat goal came with just seven minutes left in the match when Rioux scored his second goal of the day off of the cross from Gutenkunst from the left side of the box.
Inside the Numbers:
- Caggiano finished with three saves for the Panthers, while his counterpart, Austin Scoggins (Cutchogue, N.Y.), made five stops.
- JWU held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
- The Panthers recorded 9 fouls, including one yellow card.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"It was disappointing to have a slow start," said head coach Rob Wright. "We started to give ourselves chances in the second half, but unfortunately we gave ourselves too high of a mountain to climb early on."
- Plymouth State travels to Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday (Sept. 25) for a 4:00 p.m. match.
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