Hongisto notches Panthers' lone goal
NEW LONDON, N.H. – Senior Joni Hongisto (Kaarina, Finland) scored his first goal of the season, but Plymouth State University played to a 1-1 draw against Colby-Sawyer College in a non-conference men's soccer game at Kelsey Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Chargers took the lead midway through the first half, but Hongisto netted the equalizer 14 minutes into the second half and neither team would find the back of the goal the rest of the way.
The Panthers move to 1-3-1 on the year, while Colby-Sawyer goes to 2-3-3.
Plymouth State 1, Colby-Sawyer 1 (2OT)
Plymouth State (1-3-1)
How it Happened:
- The Chargers got on the board first with a nifty play in the 21st minute. After a PSU foul, sophomore Mason Galbato (North Easton, Mass.) sent a free kick towards the box that was flicked by sophomore Jonathan Martinez (Stony Point, N.Y.) and then headed into the back of the net by junior Ethan Sweet (Cornish, N.H.).
- Plymouth State found the equalizer in the 59th minute when Hongisto stuck with the play after his initial shot was saved by Colby-Sawyer keeper Jarod Parkins (North Kingstown, R.I.). Hongisto followed the rebound past the keeper and knocked in his first goal of the season.
- Colby-Sawyer had a chance to go in front with two minutes to play, but could not convert a penalty kick.
Inside the Numbers:
- Junior Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) made four saves for the Panthers, while Parkins made seven stops for the hosts.
- PSU owned a 23-16 advantage in shots and held a 10-3 edge in corner kicks.
- Each of the last six meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal or less.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"It was good for us to come through double overtime and have that experience with a new group," said head coach Rob Wright. "Overall we played with good intensity, we just weren't clinical enough at finishing."
- Plymouth State opens Little East Conference play on Saturday (Sept. 28) when the Panthers travel to UMass Dartmouth for a 6:00 p.m. contest.
**With contributions from Colby-Sawyer Sports Information**
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