Martin nets fifth goal in LEC loss
WORCESTER, Mass. – Plymouth State University's first half goal wasn't enough as Worcester State University rallied for a 2-1 win in a clash of Little East Conference (LEC) field hockey heavy weights at Coughlin Field on Saturday afternoon.
Plymouth State opened strong with pressure in the Worcester State zone. The Panthers started the scoring following a series of penalty corners in the first five minutes of play. Senior Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) scored off a cross from the right side from sophomore Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.).
The Lancers had an opportunity late in the first half but senior goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) was able to make the save to preserve the lead.
The Panthers had multiple opportunities off of penalty corners in the rest of the first half, but were unable to add a second goal. PSU finished the opening frame with six corners, to Worcester State's three.
Worcester State tied the score in the 55th minute. After a flurry of shots on goal, senior Jolane Thibault (Dougals, Mass.) received a forward pass from sophomore Katelyn Santos (Acushnet, Mass.) to even things at 1-1. The equalizer came with Plymouth State down a player after a green card was issued.
The Lancers jumped ahead less than 10 minutes later when junior Michaila Parent (Westborough, Mass.) tallied her 10th goal of the season off a goalie deflection succeeding a penalty corner.
Worcester State was able to hold off the PSU offense for the final 6:42 to preserve the win.
Plymouth State falls to 8-3 overall (6-2 LEC), while Worcester State remains atop the LEC with a perfect 7-0 league mark. The Lancers are 9-2 overall.
PSU will remain in LEC action on Tuesday (Oct. 10) when Salem State comes to the New Hampton School for a 7:00 p.m. match.
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