Wilder's OT goal keeps Panthers undefeated in Little East
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Junior Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) scored the only goal of the game three minutes and 34 seconds into the second overtime Thursday evening to lift Plymouth State University to a 1-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine in Little East Conference field hockey action at the New Hampton School field.
Wilder got past two defenders on the right side and broke in on the USM goal before sliding a shot past the goalie for the game-winner. The victory pushed the Panthers to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the Little East, while Southern Maine drops to 4-7 overall and 1-3 in LEC play.
Defense was the key most of the game, including the first half when the visitors registered the only shot for either team in the opening 35 minutes. PSU started to gain some momentum late in the second half, rattling off eight shots in the last 10 minutes of regulation, but couldn't get one past Huskie junior goalkeeper Amanda Kasbohm (York, Maine).
PSU continued to pressure the USM net in overtime, out-shooting the Huskies 9-1 in the first extra session. Wilder ended the scoreless duel with her third goal of the season in the second overtime.
Kasbohm was a tough-luck loser for the Huskies, making 14 saves. Sophomore Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.H.) made two saves in the PSC cage, earning her third shutout of the season. PSU ended up with a 20-3 advantage in shots, and a 10-5 margin in penalty corners.
PSU plays again Saturday in a Little East match-up at Western Connecticut State University at 12 noon. Southern Maine returns home to host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in an LEC encounter Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
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