BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Junior forward Jose Neves (Praia, Cape Verde) netted the game-tying goal with 10 minutes remaining in regulation Thursday afternroon as the host Bears of Bridgewater State College came from behind to earn a 2-2 tie with the visiting Plymouth State Panthers in college men’s soccer action from Swenson Field.
Plymouth State opened the scoring in the first half on a goal by senior Alex Marin (Manchester, N.H.) with the assist going to sophomore Eric Owens (Newton, N.H.). The Panthers took a 1-0 lead into the half as they outshot the Bears in the opening stanza, 7-5, and held a 4-0 edge in corner kicks.
Bridgewater tied the game up at 1-1 in the 50th minute as sophomore Matt Daniels (South Easton, Mass.) netted his first collegiate goal. Off a restart, junior Jon Machado (Weymouth, Mass.) lofted a cross into the box and Daniels headed the ball past Plymouth keeper Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.)
PSU retook the lead in the 61st minute as Owens headed the ball past BSC junior keeper Ryan Seifert (Ludlow, Mass.) off a long volley from sophomore defender Tim Allan (Harleysville, Pa.). That would set the stage for Neves’ heroics as he tallied the game-tying goal in the 80th minute. Freshman Pat Kenneally (Braintree, Mass.) started the play coming down the right side as he drove a long volley into the box which found the head of junior Jon Nutting (Rockland, Mass.). Nutting redirected the ball to Neves who headed it over the outstretched hand of Shute and into the back of the net.
Both teams finished with 15 shots for the game with Plymouth holding a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. Two of those corners came in the first overtime period but neither was threatening.
Seifert turned aside 5 shots for the Bears while Shute registered 3 saves in goal for the Panthers.
BSC (1-3-1) is off until next Tuesday as the Bears travel to Rhode Island College for a 3:30 match. Plymouth State (1-1-1) opens Little East Conference play on Saturday, hosting Eastern Connecticut at Panther Field (11 a.m.)
(Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information)
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