PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University scored three times in a span of 14 minutes late in the game to expand a one-goal lead and went on to a 4-1 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at Arold Field.
Plymouth (2-6-0, 1-2-0 LEC) snapped a six-game losing streak this year and an 11-game winless streak (0-2-9) against Eastern (5-5-0, 0-3-0 LEC), which has lost four of its last five.
Plymouth had managed only seven goals through its first six matches and was shut out by junior keeper Ryan Murphy (Cromwell) and the Warrior defense until erupting for four goals over the final 23 minutes. Erik Ljunglof broke a scoreless tie in the 67th minute and that lead held until Filip Johansson, Juan Rivera and Truls Julseth followed with goals 12 minutes apart as the Panthers quickly built an insurmountable 4-0 lead.
Senior back Alexander Fazzino (Bolton) prevented a shutout by Plymouth freshman Linus Lindeberg by scoring his first goal in three years in the final seconds.
Plymouth was able to score on four of its ten shots. Eastern held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Murphy finished with three saves, Lindeberg with five.
The four goals are the most by Plymouth against Eastern since 1997, a span of 21 games.
Eastern visits Connecticut College in a non-conference match Tuesday at 4 p.m.