PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Takeru Tanikawa (Shizuoka, Japan/Tilton Prep (N.H.) scored his first goal of the season five minutes and 21 seconds into overtime Saturday evening to give Plymouth State University’s men’s soccer team a dramatic 2-1 victory over Salem State College in a non-conference match at Panther Field.
Takeru’s goal, which was assisted by classmate Jamal Luttamaguzi (Stockholm, Sweden), gave PSU the come-from-behind win. The Panthers are now 1-0-1 on the season, while Salem State drops to 1-1-0.
The Vikings scored the only goal of the first half, an unassisted marker in the 24th minute by freshman Andrew Angus (Charlestown, Mass.). PSU scored the equalizer three minutes into the second half when junior Keith Whittemore (Holderness, N.H.) knocked in his second goal of the season.
PSU finished with a 15-11 advantage in shots, while both teams took four corner kicks. PSU sophomore keeper Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) earned the win by making six saves, while Vikings keeper Pawel Brzykcy (Krakow, Poland) finished with eight stops.
The Panthers continue their five-game home stand with a 6:00 p.m. game Thursday against Bridgewater State. Salem State returns home to host Babson in the home opener on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.)
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