Bates posts second straight LEC shutout
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University field hockey team earned its second straight shutout win over a Little East Conference (LEC) opponent Wednesday night as the Panthers nipped the University of Southern Maine, 1-0, at the New Hampton School.
Senior goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) improved to 7-2 on the season while recording her 14th career shutout. With the victory Plymouth State improves to 7-2 overall (5-1 LEC), while the Huskies drop to 3-6 and 2-3 in league play.
"We had some outstanding defensive play by Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.), Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.), Kylie Ham (Wayland, Mass.) and Laura Secone (Harpswell, Maine)," praised head coach Bonnie Lord. "Our defense backstopped a hardworking team win."
McPherson provided the only offense of the evening, scoring her second goal of the year. Her previous goal against Eastern Connecticut on Sept. 6 was also a game-winner.
McPherson beat Southern Maine goalie McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine) to the left side of the cage after receiving a pass from senior Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) off a penalty corner in the 29th minute.
PSU nearly went up 2-0 just two minutes later, but a shot from freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) hit the post.
USM had opportunities to even the score in the second half, but the PSU defense was able to block two shots and the Panthers held on for the win.
Plymouth State and Southern Maine are used to playing close games. While the Panthers have won eight of the last ten meetings dating back to 2010, six of those games have been decided by just one goal and three were decided in overtime.
Both teams remain in LEC play this Saturday (Sept. 30). PSU travels to Western Connecticut State University for an 11:00 a.m. contest, while the Huskies play host to UMass Dartmouth at 12:00 p.m.
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