Garvey posts hat trick for Panthers; Morris, Wilder add two goals each
HENNIKER, N.H. – Senior Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H.) scored three goals and dished out an assist Wednesday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University field hockey team past the New England College Pilgrims 8-0, in non-conference action at Don Melander Field.
The Panthers to their fourth game in a row to improve to 9-2 on the season, while the loss drops the Pilgrims to 0-16 overall.
PSU started the scoring just 6:14 into the opening half as Garvey fired in a shot just inside the circle assisted by Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.). The Panthers would go on to score three first additional first half goals in a three-minute span. Wilder dribbled through three defenders to net an unassisted goal at the 21:42 mark, Garvey one-timed in a pass from Jordan Ray (Standish, Maine) at the 23:22 mark; and senior Kristen Morris (Stoughton, Mass.) finished the first half scoring with an unassisted goal in the 24th minute of play.
Plymouth State went on to tack on four second-half goals by four different players. The Panthers scored three of their second-half goals over a six-minute span as Morris and Wilder netted their second goals of the game and Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) tallied her first score of the afternoon.
Garvey closed out the game with the final score in the 53rd minute as she recorded her team-high 14th goal of the season unassisted. It is her second hat trick of the season and the eighth of her career.
Picking up the win in goal for Plymouth State was freshman Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) who finished the game with two saves. In goal for NEC was Karlie Bove (Jefferson, Mass.) who recorded 12 saves on the afternoon.
Plymouth State will hit the field again on Saturday when it hosts Little East Conference opponent Salem State University at 2:00 p.m. NEC returns to action on Saturday when it hosts North Atlantic Conference opponent University of Maine Farmington.
(Courtesy of New England College Sports Information)
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