Bates makes nine stops in regular season finale
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Hayley Winslow (Falmouth, Maine) scored in the 53rd minute to propel St. Joseph's College past Plymouth State University, 1-0, in non-conference field hockey action at the SJC Athletics Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
Neither team was able to get much offense in the first half. PSU had three penalty corners in the first 12 minutes, but on each occasion the Panther shot was blocked by a Monks defender.
SJC came out strong in the second half, putting extra pressure on the Panthers' defense. In the 53rd minute, junior Arianna Kahler (Lisbon Falls, Maine) found Winslow alone in the middle of the circle and the 5-6 defender fired a shot past senior goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) for the game's only score.
The Panthers nearly evened the game less than two minutes later, but SJC junior goalie Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine) was able to make the stop. St. Joseph's continued to maintain pressure, outshooting the Panthers 12-5 in the half. Bates made three more saves to keep the deficit at just one goal but the Plymouth State offense was unable to find the back of the cage.
PSU will next play Friday night in the opening round of the Little East Conference Field Hockey Tournament. The third-seeded Panthers will host sixth-seeded UMass Dartmouth at the New Hampton School at 7:00 p.m. The winner will advance to the semifinal round against the winner of #2 Keene State College and #7 Bridgewater State University next Wednesday (Nov. 1).
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