LEWISTON, Maine -- Plymouth State University scored twice in the first 25 minutes and withstood a second-half rally to notch a 2-1 non-conference win over the Bates men's soccer team at Russell Street Field on Tuesday.
The Panthers raise their record to 2-3-1, with their first win since their season opener. Bates drops to 1-2-1.
First-year forward Arthur Opara (Abuja, Nigeria) got Plymouth State on the board in the eighth minute, taking a pass from first-year Moses Igah (Abuja, Nigeria) and blasting a 25-yard shot inside the far corner of the goal, where Bates junior goalie Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) had no chance for the save.
With 20:44 left in the first period, Panthers first-year forward Jake Sjoberg (Linkoping, Sweden) made it 2-0 with an impressive shot from the top of the Bates penalty area.
Plymouth State outshot Bates by a 10-5 margin in the first half, but Bates reversed that in the second half, compelling senior goalie Dan Salzer (Dover, N.H.) to make three of his five saves in the game.
Bates closed the deficit to 2-1 with 23:33 left in the second half when first-year back Dan Remillard (Hanover, N.J.) curled a corner kick past Salzer for his first collegiate goal. Bates missed several outstanding scoring chances in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Twenty-three fouls were called, 14 of them in a rough second half, which included two yellow cards issued to Plymouth State.
Bates plays at NESCAC rival Trinity on Saturday at 12 p.m.; Plymouth State will host Southern Maine in a Little East game on Saturday at 1 p.m.