GORHAM, Maine – Junior defender Bryan Biederman (Holderness, N.H.) scored with 1:19 remaining in regulation Monday night as Plymouth State University rallied from a two-goal deficit to salvage a 2-2 overtime draw with upset-minded University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference men’s soccer match played at the Gorham High School Athletic Complex.
The draw extends the Panthers unbeaten streak to four (2-0-2), and improves their record to 9-1-3 overall and 3-1-1 in the conference. The Huskies, unbeaten in their last three (2-0-1) since snapping a nine-match winless streak, are 3-7-3 overall and 1-2-2 in the conference.
Biederman got the equalizer as he put his head on a corner kick taken by senior midfielder Chris Catatao (Burlington, Mass.) to knock a shot past USM junior goalkeeper Chris Willard (Hampton, Conn.)
Southern Maine took a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute as freshman forward Sinisa Bajic (Portland, Maine) found the back of the net. Bajic scored from about eight yards out after collecting the rebound of a shot by freshman midfielder Greg Cox (Brookline, Mass.) that hit the crossbar off a corner kick.
Bajic made it 2-0 in the 67th minute as he received a nice pass down the left side, beat the PSU defender around the corner and place a low shot into the opposite post past Panthers’ freshman keeper Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.)
Plymouth State got back into the match when a miscommunication in the USM defense resulted in an own goal in the 72nd minute.
Willard finished the match with six saves. Shute was credited with four saves. The Panthers had a 17-13 edge in shots and an 11-8 margin in corner kicks.
Southern Maine returns to action Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) with a non-conference home match against Thomas College. Plymouth State makes a return trip to the state of Maine on Wednesday (3:00 p.m.) to play Bates College.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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