PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The overtime magic continues for the Plymouth State University men’s soccer team.
Senior Felix Rosen (Stockholm, Sweden) scored two goals and junior Takeru Tanikawa (Shizuoka, Japan) added the game-winner 3:57 into overtime Sunday afternoon as the Panthers overcame a 2-0 deficit and celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a 3-2 victory over the University of Southern Maine at Panther Field.
It was Plymouth State’s sixth overtime in 10 games this season, during which PSU has gone 5-0-1, with five straight victories. The Panthers have won five games in a row, including three straight in OT, to improve to 8-1-1 overall and 4-0-0 in the LEC, while USM has dropped six of its last seven to fall to 5-8-0 overall and 1-3-0 in conference play.
The upset-minded Huskies came out strong in the first half, dominating play and putting pressure on the PSU defense, which hadn’t let up a goal in its previous three LEC games. Junior Eddie Weddington (Augusta, Maine) broke through in the 24th minute for the Huskies, knocking one past PSU sophomore keeper Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) after a nice through-pass from senior Cassidy Neal (Walpole, N.H.). USM had a 5-2 advantage in shots in the first half, but had to settle for the 1-0 lead.
The visitors came out strong after the break, and went up 2-0 four minutes into the second half on a goal by sophomore Sinisa Bajic (Belgrade, Serbia).
That served as a wake-up call for the home team, and two minutes later sophomore Semir Mehmedovic (Franklin, N.H.) fed Rosen with a nice pass along the left goal line, and Rosen deflected it home to cut the margin in half. PSU carried the play most of the second half, and tied the score at 2-all in the 78th minutes, again Mehmedovic feeding Rosen with a nice crossing pass and Rosen finishing off the play. That set up the extra session, when Tanikeru won it for the Panthers, with an assist from sophomore George Delano (Kingston, N.H.), with his third goal of the season, all three overtime game-winners.
The game also featured pre-game and halftime ceremonies honoring the 50th season of men’s soccer in Plymouth. The first game was 50 years ago, when Plymouth Teachers College met Gorham Teachers College (now USM), with Plymouth winning, 2-1. Players and coaches from that first game were on hand for the ceremonies.
Both teams return to action with non-conference road games on Wednesday. PSU, ranked 10th in New England, visits Tufts and USM travels to the University of New England.
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