GORHAM, Maine — Sophomore forward Zach Ansley (Tallahassee, Fla.) netted the game’s lone goal to lift the University of Southern Maine men’s soccer team to a stunning 1-0 triumph over 18th-ranked Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference contest at the USM soccer field.
Triumphant in two straight and three-of-four, Southern Maine improves to 5-7-2 overall and 2-2 in the LEC, while Plymouth State, which saw its seven-match winning streak halted, slipped to 10-2 overall and 4-1 in the league. The win was Southern Maine’s first against Plymouth State since the 1992 campaign and snapped a string of 10-consecutive losses to the Panthers.
The game-winning goal was initiated by a stellar individual play from senior Ian Doumas (Raymond, N.H.) who eluded a pair of Plymouth State defenders while racing down the far sideline, before lofting a cross to the center of the area. Ansley reached the ball a split second ahead of the onrushing Plymouth State senior keeper Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.) and headed it inside the near post in the 11th minute of play.
Southern Maine freshman keeper Kane DiBenedetto (Halcott, N.Y.) stopped three shots to preserve the win, while Wilby turned aside four shots for the Panthers.
Southern Maine will host the University of New England on Tuesday afternoon, while Plymouth State will travel to Endicott on Thursday.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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