Allard solid in debut in goal for Panthers
DANBURY, Conn. – Sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) made three saves in her debut in goal for the Plymouth State University field hockey team, but the Panthers came up short in a 2-0 loss to Western Connecticut State University in the Little East Conference (LEC) opener at The WAC on Saturday.
Allard was tested early, with the Colonials firing 11 first half shots, but she limited the WestConn offense to just a pair of first half goals. PSU worked hard on offense, forcing the Colonials' goalkeeper to make nine saves, but were unable to find the back of the cage.
The setback drops the Panthers to 2-2 (0-1 LEC) on the year, while WestConn improves to 5-1 (1-0 LEC).
Plymouth State 0, WestConn 2
Plymouth State (2-2, 0-1 LEC)
WestConn (5-1, 1-0 LEC)
How it Happened:
- Senior Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, Conn.) gave the hosts a 1-0 lead at the 10:59 mark of the first quarter with her third goal of the year.
- WestConn added an insurance goal in the 25th minute when Morgan Matthews (Bethel, Conn.), the program's all-time leading scorer, picked up her fifth of the season.
- PSU kept pressure on the WestConn defense, but junior Neve Manion (Newington, Conn.) was up to the task, making nine saves to pick up the shutout.
Inside the Numbers:
- Senior Kylie Ham (Wayland, Mass.) made a pair of defensive saves in the second half to keep the Panthers within striking distance.
- Junior Haley Wakefield (Norway, Maine) fired a team-high five shots, with all five on target, while sophomore Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.) took three shots.
- Allard finished with three saves in her first start at goalie, but fell to 0-1. Manion improved to 5-1 on the year with the win.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We had opportunities to score," said assistant coach Kara LaSalle, "but we struggled to finish and ultimately weren't able to push through the plateau. Meaghan [Allard] played a great game in her debut as goalie, supported by a solid defensive effort."
- The Panthers visit New England College on Tuesday (Sept. 17) for a 7:00 p.m. contest under the lights.
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