GORHAM, Maine – Junior Hany Ramadan (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored the game-winning off of a beautiful lead pass from classmate Sam Anderson (Middletown, Conn./Bristol Central) in the 107th minute to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-1 double overtime win over the Plymouth State University Panthers in a Little East Conference men's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, Southern Maine snaps a four-game slide and improves to 2-5-1 overall and 1-1 in the Little East. Plymouth State is now 0-2 in conference play and 2-3-2 overall.
After a scoreless first half, Southern Maine struck early in the second to snag a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Benjamin Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season finishing a through ball from Anderson. PSU pressed for an equalizer over the next 35 minutes but the score remained unchanged until the 85th when freshman Alyosha Westbrook (Los Angeles, Calif./Eagle Rock) redirected a cross in front of the box from junior Cam Bunn (Melbourne, Australia/Princes Hill) for the equalizer, sending the game into overtime.
In the first overtime, Southern Maine sophomore James Hutchinson (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) had the best opportunity for a goal on either side, but PSU sophomore Linus Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden/Fredikabremer Gymnasiet) came off of his line to make the save. Back and forth play dominated the second overtime, and neither team was able to put together a solid scoring chance until late in the frame. Winning the ball at midfield, Anderson lofted a ball over the top of PSU's defense towards Ramadan. Ramandan used his speed to run onto the ball, and took one touch around an onrushing Lindeberg before flicking the ball into an open net for the game-winner. The goal is Ramandan's second of the season and the first game-winning goal of his career.
Lindeberg played well in the loss for the Panthers making 10 saves. Southern Maine senior goalkeeper Simon Hulbert (Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) earned the win, making six saves.
Southern Maine hosts Bowdoin College on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game.