Wakefield scores sixth goal of season in setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Keene State College scored in the 62nd minute to force overtime, then added the game-winner in the 74th minute, to slip past Plymouth State University, 2-1, in a key Little East Conference field hockey game at the New Hampton School on Tuesday night.
Keene State sophomore forward Jensyn Dandeneau (Berlin, N.H.) clinched the win after collecting a pass from classmate Ally McCall (Watertown, Mass.). McCall picked up a loose ball in the right corner, dribbled down the right side and found Dandeneau open in front of the net, who deposited it in the left corner.
The setback ends a string of five straight wins for the Panthers, who move to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in LEC play. Keene State evens its record at 4-4 overall and 3-1 in the conference.
After a scoreless first half, PSU freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) got the Panthers on the board in the 50th minute. Sophomore Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.) inserted a ball off a penalty corner to junior Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.) who pushed a pass to sophomore Keeley Bartolini (Topsham, Maine) on the right side. Bartolini fired the ball to Wakefield, who controlled, then beat KSC goalie Rachel Loseby (Hartford, Vt.) with a backhanded shot low to the left corner.
Eleven minutes later the Owls evened the score when senior Casi Smith (Merrimack, N.H.) scored off a penalty corner. Smith collected a ball in front of the Panther goal and lifted the shot to the right side of the net for the equalizer.
Senior Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) turned away four shots for the Panthers, while Loseby earned the win making one save.
The Panthers kick off Homecoming Weekend with another LEC game on Friday (Sept. 22) when they play host to Bridgewater State for a 7:00 p.m. tilt at the New Hampton School.
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