Panthers extend winning streak to five, hold on to second place
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A pair of first-half goals for Plymouth State University stood up Saturday afternoon as the Panthers held off Salem State University, 2-1, in a Little East Conference field hockey game at rainy Arold Field.
The Panthers won their fifth game in a row to improve to 10-2 overall, and maintain second place in the LEC with a 7-1 mark. Salem drops to 2-11 overall and 1-7 in the conference.
Freshman Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) scored her third goal of the season for PSU just 44 seconds into the contest on a shot just inside the circle, and sophomore Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) snuck a shot through the keeper's pads in the 28th minute for her ninth of the year to mark it 2-0.That turned out to be all the scoring PSU would need.
The Vikings got an outstanding performance by sophomore goalkeeper Carolyn Woodin (Arlington, Mass.). She made numerous diving and sliding stops to keep Salem State in the game, finishing with 18 saves as PSU outshot the Vikings, 27-7.
Salem State scored its only goal with 21 minutes left in the second half when sophomore Natalie Bourne (Tewksbury, Mass.) broke the shutout with her third of the season.
Freshman goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) earned the win in the Panther goal with three saves.
Plymouth State is home again on Tuesday against LEC foe Framingham State (3:00 p.m.)
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