Morris scores twice for Panthers in setback
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Rachel Trafton (Corinth, Maine) scored a goal and added an assist Tuesday afternoon as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Plymouth State University Panthers 4-2 in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Hannaford Field.
USM led 4-0 in the second half before PSU rallied with two goals by sophomore Kristen Morris (Stoughton, Mass.) but the Huskies pulled off the upset. Southern Maine snaps a six-game losing streak and improves to 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the Little East Conference. The loss is the second in the last three games for the Panthers who fall to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the Little East.
Trafton put the Huskies ahead early with her fifth goal of the season in the fourth minute. After having her initial attempt on goal turned away, Trafton calmly collected the rebound and redirected the ball for a 1-0 USM lead. The Huskies doubled their advantage three minutes later when junior Natalie Harkins (Windham, Maine) knocked in her first goal of the season. The Huskies made it 3-0 before the half as Trafton fed freshman Allison Ward (Rockland, Maine) in the 34th minute.
Southern Maine wasted little time In the second half before increasing its advantage to 4-0. Junior Stefanie Lomasney (York, Maine) fed sophomore Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine) with a through ball for Dostie's team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 36th minute.
The Panthers did leave without a fight however as Morris scored twice within a three-minute span to put her team back in the game. Trailing 4-0, Morris drove in her first goal of the game with an unassisted strike in the 58th minute, before unleashing a strong shot in the 60th minute off of an assist from freshman Leah Kenison-Marvin (Center Tuftonboro, N.H.)
Junior goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made 16 saves to earn the win. Plymouth State sophomore Katlyn Hall (Greenfield, N.H.) turned back five shots in the loss. PSU had a 25-12 advantage in shots and a 15-4 edge in penalty corners.
Southern Maine travels to the University of New England on Thursday (7:00 p.m.) for a non-conference game. Plymouth State travels to Fitchburg State on Saturday (10:00 a.m.) for an LEC contest.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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