Panthers score two early goals settle for tie in LEC contest
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's soccer team tallied a 2-2 draw against Little East Conference opponent University of Southern Maine Wednesday afternoon at Arnold Field.
The Panthers were able to start the scoring early in the first half, but the Huskies came storming back in the second half to force overtime. Both teams were evenly matched in the overtime periods, ultimately ending in a draw. The result gave each team its first point in conference play.
Plymouth State moves to 1-4-2 on the year and 0-1-1 in the Little East, while Southern Maine is now 0-8-3 and 0-2-1 in conference play.
Plymouth State 2, Southern Maine 2 (2OT)
Plymouth State 1-4-2, 0-1-1 LEC
Southern Maine 0-8-3, 0-2-1 LEC
How it Happened:
- Plymouth State started the scoring early in the game off a shot by sophomore Alyosha Westbrook (Los Angeles, Calif.). Within the first ten minutes of the game, Westbrook picked the ball off from the defender and was able to dribble past the keeper and put a low shot on net.
- The Panthers continued to score just three minutes later when junior Erik Armskog (Gothenburg, Sweden) took a free kick from the top of the box and sailed the shot past the keeper.
- Southern Maine freshman Sean Brueninghuas (Superior, Wis.) cut the Panther lead in half fifteen minutes into the second half. Brueninghaus popped a shot from the edge of the box that deflected off a defender and into the back of the net.
- The Huskies tied the game in the 80th minute when freshman Noah Perry (Waterboro, Maine) dribbled the ball up to box and took a shot that was originally deflected by a Panther defender. Perry got the rebound and took another shot that found the back of the net.
- Plymouth State had a number of scoring chances in the overtime periods, amassing five shots over both frames, including three on goal, but were unable to score the game winner.
Inside the Numbers:
- Junior goalkeeper Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) accumulated four saves on six chances, while his counterpart Cameron Atherton (New Milford, Conn.) recorded six saves on eight chances.
- Armskog and Westbrook are tied for second in scoring on the team as each have five points.
- Brueninghaus' second goal of the year moves him into the team lead for the Huskies in both goals and points (four).
- Plymouth State led the game with fifteen shots compared to the Huskies nine.
- PSU held a slight advantage in corner kicks, five to four.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"The first half started strong for us and it looked throughout various periods of the game we could get the job done," associate head coach Parker Spear stated. "There were periods throughout the game that we struggled on both sides of the ball, though. It's disappointing to not get three points at home, but now we have to look ahead to UMass Boston."
- Plymouth State hosts UMass Boston on Saturday (Oct. 5) at 3:45 p.m. as part of the weekend's Homecoming celebrations.
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