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Panthers split pair, sit at 4-1

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

MA’s Aidan Conn scored two goals in a 4-0 win over Lin-Wood on Sept. 14. RC Greenwood. (click for larger version)
September 17, 2012
MOULTONBOROUGH – It was an up and down week for the Moultonborough Academy boys' soccer team, as the Panthers opened with a 3-1 loss to a strong Sunapee club before earning a 4-0 shutout win over Lin-Wood to enter this week 4-1 overall in Division IV.

MA controlled play in the win over Lin-Wood on Sept. 14, as all 16 players on the roster made contributions in the victory.

"We controlled the game right from the beginning and withstood any threats throughout the contest," said MA coach Eric Porusta.

Keenan Plancon led the Panthers defensively, keeping the shot total low for keeper TJ Marchand, who was forced to make just two saves to earn the shutout.

The MA offense finished with 19 shots on goal, with Drew Swedberg scoring the first goal off a corner kick from Tristan Price 8:24 into the first half for a 1-0 lead.

Aidan Conn made it 2-0 about 10 minutes before halftime, and that lead would hold up into intermission.

Conn scored his second goal of the day just 3:12 into the second half, as he took a pass from Price and buried it for a 3-0 lead.

Price would close out the scoring just before the final whistle, as the sophomore tallied from Drew Swedberg on a throw-in for the 4-0 final.

In the loss to Sunapee on the road, the Panthers gave up a goal just 30 seconds into the contest and could never fully recover in the 3-1 defeat.

"Not our best showing today," said Porusta. "We came off the bus a bit flat. In the first half we came alive and took it to Sunapee and had many chances to score. Hit a few posts and shanked a few open shots."

It was 1-0 at halftime before Sunapee picked up its play and doubled the lead 15 minutes into the second half. MA pushed forward to create more offense late in the game and allowed a late strike, though Riley Swedberg got the team on the board in the waning minutes off a throw in from brother Drew Swedberg to account for the 3-1 loss.

"The boys still did not give up and scored late," said Porusta.

Marchand made nine saves in the MA net.

It was a much better afternoon on Sept. 14, as MA hosted Lin-Wood and sent the visitors back north with a convincing 4-0 victory.

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