Martin, Newhard tally a goal and assist each in LEC win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University field hockey team opened up Homecoming weekend with a 5-0 shutout of Little East Conference opponent Bridgewater State University at the New Hampton School.
Senior goalie Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) earned the win, making four saves en route to her first shutout of the year.
Bridgewater State had an early scoring opportunity in the fifth minute, but Bates was able to kick the ball away. The Panthers got on the board less than a minute later when sophomore Kaihley Rafferty (Salem, Conn.) scored her second goal of the year. Senior Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) picked up a rebound on the goal line to the right of the net, split past two defenders and left the ball for Rafferty, who drove it home.
PSU kept the pressure on, forcing Bridgewater State goalie Allison Chappell (Raynham, Mass.) to make multiple saves. A Plymouth State penalty corner taken by sophomore Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.) set up the Panthers' second score. Kabasakalian inserted the ball to Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.) at the top of the circle and the junior fired a shot off the leg pads of Chappell and in.
Freshman Grace Montgomery (Boscawen, N.H.) made it a 3-0 game when she scored her first collegiate goal late in the first half. Kabasakalian intercepted a clearing attempt by the Bears and found sophomore Keeley Bartolini (Topsham, Maine) in front of the goal. Bartolini redirected the ball right to Montgomery who found the back of the net.
The Panthers controlled the majority of the second half. PSU outshot the Bears 12-6 in the final 35 minutes, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal. Freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) notched her seventh score of the year midway into the second half. Kabasakalian found Newhard on another penalty corner and Wakefield redirected her shot over goalie Jillian Delaney (Foxborough, Mass.) to make it 4-0.
Martin capped the scoring in the 69th minute when she dribbled through the BSU defense and beat Delaney to the bottom right corner.
Chappell finished with five saves for BSU in the first half, with Delaney making three saves in relief.
With the win the Panthers improve to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in LEC play, while Bridgewater falls to 2-3 (2-2 LEC). PSU is back in action again on Wednesday (Sept. 27) when LEC foe Southern Maine makes the trip to the New Hampton School for a 7:00 p.m. contest.
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