Wilder leads Panthers to Little East victory
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Junior Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) scored two goals Wednesday evening as Plymouth State University defeated Salem State University, 3-2, in Little East Conference field hockey action at the New Hampton School field.
Wilder scored both goals in the first half, including one on a penalty stroke, to help the Panthers to their third straight win. The Panthers, 8-2 overall, remained undefeated in LEC play at 6-0. Salem State, which staged a comeback with two goals in the final 20 minutes, fell short and dropped to 2-9 overall and 0-6 in the Little East.
Wilder was awarded a penalty stroke 13 minutes into the game, and converted to give the Panthers an early lead. The Panthers doubled their lead in the 26th minute as Wilder deflected a shot by junior Molly Hoekman (Harwinton, Conn.) and it bounced past the Salem State goalie for a 2-0 PSU lead.
PSU extended its lead to three goals 12 minutes into the second half when sophomore Lily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) knocked home a crossing passing from classmate Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) right in front of the Viking net.
The Vikings did not give up and gave a strong comeback. Junior Kathryn Hart (Beverly, Mass.) broke through for a goal in the 53rd minute, and senior Kelsey Russell (Arlington, Mass.) pulled Salem to within a goal when she scored on a penalty stroke of her own with just 2:25 remaining.
Plymouth State had a 22-9 advantage in shots and a 6-4 margin in penalty corners. Sophomore Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.H.) made four saves in the PSC cage to earn the win, while junior Carolyn Woodin (Arlington, Mass.) stopped 14 shots in the Vikings goal.
Both teams play LEC games again on Saturday, as PSU travels to Worcester State University for an 11:00 a.m. matchup and SSU visits Eastern Connecticut State University for a 12 noon start.
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