PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Semir Mehmedovic (Franklin, N.H.) scored a pair of first-half goals Wednesday evening to lead the Plymouth State University men’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Granite State rival Colby-Sawyer College in a non-conference match-up at Panther Field.
The Panthers, ranked eighth in New England, improve their overall record to 8-1-1. The Chargers scored their first goal in over 400 minutes but took the loss to drop to 3-6-1 overall.
Mehmedovic put the Panthers on the board just five minutes after the opening whistle, finishing off a nifty play with assists from seniors Chris Catatao (Burlington, Mass.) and Steve Balgach (Fairfield, Conn.). Mehmedovic notched his second goal at the 24-minute mark, knocking home a crossing pass from sophomore Takeru Tanikawa (Shizuoka, Japan) to make it a 2-0 game. Mehmedovic leads the Panthers in scoring this season with seven goals and two assists.
Senior Steve Libera (Cromwell, Conn.) made it a 3-0 game with seven minutes left in the half, heading in a corner kick by junior Dustin Moya (Thornton, Col.)
The Chargers broke the shutout two minutes into the second half, with sophomore Chris Rafferty (Milford, Mass.) connecting from classmate Tyler Davis (Laconia, N.H.)
PSU finished with a 17-6 advantage in shots. PSU freshman keeper Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) recorded the victory, making just one save, while Charger senior keepers Adam Perron (Hampden, Mass.) and Joe Albiston (Falmouth, Maine) combined for six stops.
The Panthers are back in Little East Conference action Saturday with a visit to Southern Maine for a 1:00 p.m. clash. The Chargers return home to open a six-game home stand on Saturday against Roger Williams (1:00 p.m.)
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