McPherson, Davis score for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – In the first Little East Conference (LEC) game of the season the Plymouth State University field hockey team upended Eastern Connecticut State University, 2-1, at the New Hampton School. Senior Lily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) and sophomore Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) both tallied goals in the win.
Alex Kallgren (Dudley, Mass.) would put seven shots on net for the Warriors and was responsible for the lone ECSU goal.
In a game that saw great physicality from both teams through the midfield, Eastern Connecticut (0-2, 0-1 LEC) had multiple chances to score early. After a flurry of great saves from senior goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.), Plymouth State (2-1, 1-0 LEC) took its first lead at the 12:02 mark. McPherson buried her first goal of the year off of a penalty stroke after a violation on the ECSU goalkeeper, giving the Panthers a 1-0 advantage.
Just eight minutes later, the home team struck again. Davis used her speed to beat a pair of Eastern Connecticut defenders and put the Panthers up 2-0 heading into halftime. It was Davis' team-leading third goal of the year.
The Warriors came out firing in the second half, ripping 12 shots with six penalty corners. Bates stepped up, allowing just one goal in the 61st minute.
ECSU finished the game with a 20-11 advantage in shots and an 11-4 edge in penalty corners, but the strong play of Bates, which included 11 saves, gave the Panthers the conference win.
Plymouth State will remain at home for its next two contests. The Panthers will face off with Fitchburg State in another LEC battle on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) at the New Hampton School.
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