Panthers' defense shines in LEC battle
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's soccer team ended with a 0-0 draw against Little East Conference (LEC) opponent University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at Arold Field.
PSU kept the conference's fourth-highest scoring team off the scoreboard to earn a second straight point in league play. The Panthers' defense stepped up, anchored by sophomore Filip Johansson (Lulea, Sweden), stopping every chance the Beacons had.
Plymouth State 0, UMass Boston 0 (2OT)
Plymouth State (1-4-3, 0-1-2 LEC)
UMass Boston (7-2-2, 2-1-1 LEC)
How it Happened:
- Plymouth State was able to get two shots on goal, but the opposing goalkeeper made a pair of stops.
- The Panthers' best scoring chance in regulation came in the 17th minute when junior Erik Armskog (Gothenburg, Sweden) blasted a left-footed shot from 20 yards out to the bottom right corner, but senior Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) made a diving save.
- Freshman Evan Dodier (Dover, N.H.) had the best chance in overtime. In the early moments of the period, Dodier was able to get the ball into UMass Boston's zone and fire a shot, but Castro-Dreher stopped the threat.
- In the first overtime period, UMB junior Yuran Texiera (Praia, Cape Verde) took a free kick at the top of the box but the shot rocketed off the crossbar.
Inside the Numbers:
- Junior Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) led the game with four saves in as many chances, compared to Castro-Dreher's two. The shutout was Lindeberg's fifth of his career.
- The Beacons held a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks. Despite the disadvantage, PSU were able to get the ball out of the zone every time.
- The Panthers' defense was able to draw the Beacons offside four times.
- The game marked the second-straight draw for the Panthers against LEC opponents.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"It was a great commitment from the team after the disappointing draw earlier this week," head coach Rob Wright stated after the game. "It was great to get guys out there that haven't played a lot this year, and they really stepped it up against a very good UMass Boston team. With some injuries, it is important to get these guys in and get ready for the next one."
- Plymouth State travels to Endicott on Tuesday (Oct. 8) for a 4:00 p.m. game.
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