PSU Field Hockey edges Western Connecticut

PSU Field Hockey edges Western Connecticut

Panthers remain unbeaten in Little East

            DANBURY, Conn. – Junior Kendal Lariviere (Dover, N.H.) scored with just under six minutes remaining to break a 2-2 tie and send the Plymouth State University field hockey team to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.

            The Panthers remained unbeaten in Little East Conference play at 5-0 while improving to 7-2 overall. Western falls to 3-7 on the season, 1-4 in the Little East.

            Plymouth State got on the scoreboard first with an unassisted goal by junior Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.). Western wasted little time getting the equalizer, taking the ball deep into the Plymouth State end of the field.  Senior Caitlin Ogrizovich (New Fairfield, Conn.) broke through the Panther defense with the ball, quickly passed to junior Tatum Seaver (North Haven, Conn.), who delivered a bullet that beat the PSU keeper, tying the score at 1-1.

            Plymouth State went back on top with a goal after a flurry of shots around the 28:20 mark.  Sophomore Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) took a penalty corner and played the ball out to Wilder.  Wilder moved the ball back inside the arc and took a pair of shots that rebounded off the Western keeper.  After rebounding her own second attempt, Wilder passed the ball back to Martin who scored to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead at the half.

            Western evened the score at 2-2 with just over 10 minutes played in the second half when senior Kristy Matasavage (Middlebury, Conn.) delivered a pass to senior Heidi Odenwaelder (Goshen, Conn.), who punched the ball past the Plymouth State keeper, tying the score for the second time in the game.

            Plymouth State took the lead for good at the 64:07 mark. Martin played a penalty corner outside the arc to freshman Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.) and Newhard made a quick pass to her left to Lariviere, whose shot sailed past the Western keeper.

            With two minutes remaining in the game, Western called a timeout, and replaced the keeper with an extra field player in an attempt to score the tying goal.  Western kept the ball pinned in the PSU end of the field, but the Plymouth State defense was up to the task, sending the visitors home with a 3-2 victory.

            Plymouth State held a 19-17 advantage in shots, while both teams finished with seven penalty corners.  Western keeper junior Kristy Trotta (Danbury, Conn.) finished with 10 saves in defeat, while sophomore Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, NJ) had 10 saves in the win for Plymouth State.

            The Colonials return to action on Wednesday when they travel to play Westfield State. The Panthers host Salem State on Wednesday at 7:00pm. 

(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information) 

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