Panthers suffer first Little East setback
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Worcester State University Lancers ended Plymouth State University's undefeated Little East Conference (LEC) record with a major 1-0 victory at John F. Coughlin Field on Saturday.
With the win the Lancers improve to 7-5 and 4-3 in the LEC. The Plymouth State Panthers drop to 8-3 and 6-1 in the LEC.
The Lancers scored what would be the first and only goal of the game in the fourth minute of the game. Senior Erika Lepkowski (Baldwinville, Mass.) received a pass at the top of the circle and then fired a low hard shot on goal. It looked as if it would be a save but sophomore Jolane Thibault (Douglas, Mass.) reached her stick out and deflected the ball into the upper left corner.
Plymouth State had its own chances but could not seem to figure out Worcester State's sophomore goalkeeper Kathryn Salemme (Boxboro, Mass.). Salemme made two major saves to keep the ball out of the net - the best one being with six minutes remaining in regulation. PSU sophomore Lily Davis (Boscawen, NH) received a pass eight yards out and looked to fire a shot on goal. Salemme came out quick off her line to cut down the angle and stone Davis. That would be the Panthers' last chance as after that, Worcester State would hold the ball in Plymouth's end to run out the clock.
Each team logged 12 shots on the afternoon, while Plymouth State had a penalty corner advantage of 10-8. On the defensive end Plymouth State recorded nine saves, while Worcester tallied up eight. PSU junior defender Madison Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) had two defensive saves.
Plymouth States sophomore goalkeeper Alivia Bates' (Pennsauken, NJ) recorded six saves. On the Worcester end, Salemme tallied up four.
The Lancers are back in action Tuesday when they travel across town to take on Clark University for a 7:00 p.m. matchup. The Panthers won't see action until next Saturday when they travel to LEC opponent UMass Dartmouth with a 1:00 p.m. start time.
(Courtesy of Worcester State Sports Information)
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