Wakefield fires eight shots on goal; Panthers #3 seed for LEC Tourney
WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University field hockey team dropped its Little East Conference (LEC) finale at Westfield State University, 1-0, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The Panthers finish the LEC slate with an 8-3 mark (11-4 overall), tied with Keene State for second in the final league standings. Keene State earns the #2 seed for the LEC Tournament as the Owls hold the tiebreaker over PSU by virtue of their 2-1 overtime win over the Panthers on Sept. 19. Plymouth State, the #3 seed, will host #6 UMass Dartmouth in first round action on Friday (Oct. 27) at the New Hampton School at 7:00 p.m.
The Panthers came out quick in the first half, getting off four shots in the opening eight minutes of play. Plymouth State freshman forward Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) led the charge for the Panthers, firing six shots on goal in the opening half, and finishing with eight in the game.
Westfield State goalkeeper Molly Duff-Still (Hatchville, Mass.) was equal to the task in net. The freshman equaled her career-best with 10 saves and despite outshooting the Owls 11-7 in the first half, the teams remained deadlocked at 0-0 going into break.
WSU picked up the game's only goal in the 42nd minute when freshman forward Brianah Parker (Sutton, Mass.) received a pass from senior Meaghan Kenney (Bridgewater, Mass.) off of a breakaway. Parker was able to deflect the ball past Panther senior goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.).
Plymouth State had opportunities. The Panthers picked up 10 penalty corners in the second half alone, but were unable to capitalize. In addition to Duff-Still in net, the Owls defense came to the relief of their goalkeeper by picking up three defensive saves en route to the shutout.
"We didn't play our game today," said head coach Bonnie Lord.
Bates finished with seven saves on eight shots falling to 11-3-0 overall while Duff-Still improves to 6-5-0 for the Owls.
The Panthers wrap up their regular season with a trip to non-conference opponent St. Joseph's (Maine) on Wednesday (Oct. 25) at 4:00 p.m. before opening the LEC Tournament next weekend.
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