PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Keith Whittemore (Holderness, N.H.) scored the only goal of the game with 2:11 remaining in the second overtime Saturday evening, lifting Plymouth State University to a dramatic 1-0 victory over arch rival Keene State College in a battle of the only two men’s soccer teams undefeated in Little East Conference play.
PSU, ranked 10th in New England, moves into sole possession of first place in the LEC at 3-0-0 in league play, and 7-1-1 overall. Keene State, ranked 12th in the nation in Division III and second in New England, falls to 2-1-0 in the LEC and 7-3-0 overall. Plymouth State stopped a three-game losing streak to the Owls, and five of the last six PSU-KSC games have gone into overtime (three KSC wins, two PSU wins, one tie).
Whittemore received a nice through-ball from sophomore Semir Mehmedovic (Franklin, N.H.) on the game-winning play, and slid the ball under KSC junior keeper Cal Mintz (Westport, Conn.) Both Mintz and PSU sophomore keeper Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) played well and finished with two saves.
It was an evenly matched game the entire way. The visitors finished with a 13-9 advantage in shots, but could not put one away.
PSU looks to extend its four-game winning streak next Sunday, Oct. 8, with an LEC contest against Southern Maine at Panther Field (1:00 p.m.) That game is significant, as PSU will celebrate “50 Years of Men’s Soccer” prior to the game and at halftime.
KSC looks to rebound with four straight home games, beginning Monday vs. Worcester State (6:30 p.m.)
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