PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University and Western Connecticut State University battled to a 1-1 overtime draw Saturday in a Little East Conference men’s soccer match at Panther Field.
Western had an 8-3 advantage in shots but neither team was able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities. The deadlock leaves PSU with a 10-2-2 overall record and a 4-1-1 LEC mark, still in the hunt for the LEC regular season title. WCSU is now 10-5-4 and 2-2-2. After winning 10 of its first 11 games, PSU is 0-1-2 in its last three.
The visitors took a 1-0 lead 29 minutes into the first half when sophomore Daniel Ribeiro (Ridgefield, Conn.) picked up a loose ball off a rebound from PSU keeper Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.) and deposited it into the back of the net. The scored stayed that way until midway through the second half, when Panther junior Sebastian Rodriguez (San Jose, Costa Rica) broke loose with the ball along the right end line and fed a nice cross to senior Michael Cantelli (Raymond, N.H.) who was unmarked on the left side. Cantelli, playing for the first time since missing four games with an injury, scored his third goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1.
Western nearly won the game with 15 seconds remaining in regulation but Wilby made an excellent save on a shot by Bradley Fidler (Morgantown, Pa.). Wilby, who finished with seven saves, also made an exceptional stop on Ribeiro in the first overtime frame. Senior keeper Mark Pataky (Trumbull, Conn.) needed to make only two saves for Western.
PSU, ranked sixth in New England, wraps up the regular season next week with home games Wednesday against Tufts (6:00 p.m.) and Saturday vs. LEC foe Rhode Island College (3:00 p.m.). Western Conn. also concludes the regular season next Saturday, hosting UMass Boston (1:00 p.m.).
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