October 20, 2012


PSU Snaps 12-game Winless Streak Against RIC

Providence, R.I.-Senior midfielder Alex Garneau (Twin Mountain, NH) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 55th minute, while freshman goalkeeper Sam Whipple (Kingston, NH) made four saves, as Plymouth State held off a late surge to defeat Rhode Island College, 2-1, in Little East Conference menís soccer action on Saturday afternoon.


The Panthers (6-9, 3-3 LEC) snap a 12-game winless streak (10-0-2) to the Anchormen (4-10-1, 2-4 LEC) with their first win over RIC since earning a 3-0 shutout on Nov. 1, 2003.


PSU struck first in the 17th minute as senior midfielder Parker Spear (Sodus Point, NY) took a corner kick and lofted the ball into the goalie box. While attempting to clear, the Anchormen knocked the ball into their own net for an own goal and fell into a 1-0 deficit.



 Sophomore forward Emmanuel Asiedu


The visitors took a 1-0 lead into halftime after carrying play for the first 45 minutes. The Panthers held a 14-6 advantage in shots and a 6-3 margin in corner kicks through the first 45 minutes.


In the 55th minute, Spear drove into RIC territory and dished the ball to Garneau when the defense collapsed on him. Garneau walked in from the near side and chipped the ball over the outstretched hands of RIC sophomore goalkeeper Christopher Duarte (Cumberland, RI) for his first of the season.


As the clock continued to tick down, Plymouth State looked to be in complete command until the 79th minute. As the Panthers dumped the ball into RIC territory, sophomore defender David Ricci (Smithfield, RI) tracked down the ball about 30 yards from his net, whirled and blasted the ball down field. Sophomore forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) got behind the defense, collected the ball and scored his fifth of the season to pull the Anchormen within one.


The final 20 minutes were filled with action as the Anchormen made a desperate attempt to tie the game. Freshman midfielder Camilo Estrada (Pawtucket, RI) thought he had the tying goal when his header cleared Whipple and was heading for the goal before senior defender Joakim Martinsson (Morlunda, Sweden) knocked it away for a team save with 9:19 remaining.


RIC had one more attempt to tie the game in the waning moments as Asiedu drove down the left side and cut to the net along goal line. He chipped the ball past Whipple, who had cut him off, but Estrada was unable to collect the ball as time expired.


The Panthers ended the game with a two-shot advantage, 19-17, and came out on top in corner kicks, 8-5.


Whipple made four saves to earn the win (1-2), his first of the year, while Duarte made nine stops in a losing effort (4-10-1).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Worcester State on Monday, Oct. 22 (7 p.m.).