Martin scores lone goal for Panthers
KEENE, N.H.--Three second half goals broke open a close game as the Keene State College field hockey team emerged with a 4-1 win over Plymouth State University in Little East Conference action at Owl Athletic Complex on Tuesday night.
The Owls got goals from four different players, including Sami Smith's 28th of the year, maintaining her record of scoring in every KSC win this season. KSC outshot the Panthers 24-6, and held a 10-5 edge in penalty corners. Junior Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, NJ), making just her third start of the year for PSU, had 12 saves, while KSC starter Gwen Thayer had three stops.
Keene State, Keene NH, Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Keene State 4, Plymouth State 1
PSU 7-4 (6-3 LEC); KSC 13-3 (8-0 LEC)
- The Panthers started strongly, as senior Jordan Ray (Standish, ME) forced a pair of saves out of KSC goalie Gwendolyn Thayer, who made another stop on senior Nicole Burgess (Mexico, ME) with exactly six minutes of play.
- Plymouth State was rewarded for their start, as the Owls were whistled for a penalty. Junior Katie Martin's (Waterbury Center, VT) stroke to the left side was just past the dive of Thayer for her ninth goal of the season.
- The goal spurred Keene State into action, as Sami Smith, the nation's leading scorer, was stuffed by Plymouth goalkeeper Bates in the ninth minute. Smith thought she had tied the game in the 19th minute, but her shot was cleared off the line by Maddy Beatrice.
- Just before halftime, the Owls did tie the game. Following a penalty corner, Marita Brothers corralled a loose ball and hammered home her second goal of the season past Bates.
- If the Panthers had a strong beginning to the first half, it was the Owls who came out firing to open the second. Reigning LEC Rookie of the Week Jensyn Dandeneau tested Bates with a shot just 1:41 into the second half, and Sami Smith and Brittney Cardente shot wide.
- Keene State went ahead in the 57th minute, when Kayla Renaud's shot was spilled by Bates, and Kendal Brown was on hand to slot in the rebound for a KSC lead they would not relinquish.
- Brothers kept the Owls in front in the 64th minute of the game, hooking senior Rosalie Edmonds' (Goffstown, NH) cage bound effort out of the air to preserve the lead.
- Three minutes later, Sami Smith added an insurance goal with her 28th of the season, and Dandeneau added the icing on the cake with her sixth goal in her last four contests with 1:13 to play.
Plymouth State will host Westfield State on Senior Day in conference action on Saturday October 15th at 11:00am. Keene State will host UMass Dartmouth on Senior Day on Saturday October 15th at 1:00pm.