Distler earns All-Tournament nod after another strong performance
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A low-angled shot snuck past sophomore goalkeeper Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) with less than five minutes left in regulation as the Plymouth State University field hockey team fell to the University of Maine Farmington, 1-0, in the consolation game of the Caryl Newhof Tournament at Smith College on Sunday morning.
Distler and her counterpart, freshman Grace DiMarco (Uxbridge, Mass.), kept the game scoreless through more than 65 minutes, until senior Emma Martineau (Greene, Maine) slipped her shot past a screened Distler for the game's only goal. Distler was named to the All-Tournament Team following an impressive opening weekend.
The Panthers fall to 0-2 on the young season, while UMF evens its record at 1-1.
Plymouth State 0, UMaine Farmington 1
Plymouth State 0-2
UMaine Farmington 1-1
How it Happened:
* The teams battled through a scoreless first half, with UMF outshooting the Panthers by a narrow 5-3 margin.
* The Panther offense started to click in the second half, earning seven penalty corners, but was unable to find the back of the cage.
* Martineau was able to slip a low-angled shot past a shielded Distler for the game-winner.
Inside the Numbers:
* Distler turned aside five-of-six shots on goal, continuing a strong start to the season for the Panthers.
* PSU held an 8-3 advantage in penalty corners, including a 7-1 edge in the second half.
* Both teams fired nine shots, but only one of Plymouth's was on goal compared to six for the Beavers.
* Plymouth State leads the all-time series 5-1, with four of the match-ups coming in the late-1980's and early 1990's.
* The two teams also met in last season's consolation game, with the Panthers earning a 5-1 win.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We had strong efforts from junior Kylie Ham (Wayland, Mass.) to anchor the defense," said head coach Bonnie Lord. "Jess [Distler] remains steadfast in the net. Sophomore Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) and freshman Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.) will be a strong attack unit on the front line as they find their groove. Now we set our sights on Bridgewater State and the LEC opener."
* The Panthers have a full week to prepare for the Little East opener against Bridgewater State. PSU hosts the Bears at the New Hampton School turf field on Saturday (Sept. 8) at noon.
* UMF hosts Southern Maine in a non-conference tilt on Wednesday (Sept. 5) at 4:00 p.m.
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