Wakefield buries game-winner in back-and-forth battle
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Junior Haley Wakefield (Norway, Maine) scored the game-winning goal early in the fourth quarter to lead Plymouth State University to a 3-2 win in a back-and-forth battle with Bridgewater State University in a Little East Conference (LEC) field hockey game at Swenson Field on Saturday morning.
The teams traded goals in the second quarter, with PSU holding leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Bears came back to tie the score each time. Wakefield notched the game-winner less than three minutes into the final quarter, though, and PSU was able to hold on for the win.
Plymouth State improves to 7-7 overall and 5-5 in the Little East, while Bridgewater State drops to 2-11 and 2-7 in conference play.
Plymouth State 3, Bridgewater State 2
Plymouth State (7-7, 5-5 LEC)
Bridgewater State (2-11, 2-7 LEC)
How it Happened:
- Plymouth State took struck first less than two minutes into the second quarter when sophomore Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.) corralled a loose ball just in front of the Bridgewater goalie and, with her back to the goal, backhanded a shot to the far post.
- The Bears evened the score just 71 seconds later on a tally from senior Jacquelyn Legendre (Westport, Mass.).
- PSU went back in the lead in the 23rd minute after the third of three penalty corners. Sophomore Leah Mayes (Lebanon, N.H.) sent the ball into the circle and junior Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) rifled a shot past the goalie to make it 2-1.
- Again the hosts came right back, this time evening the score in the 27th minute, after the ball trickled over the goal line to knot the game at 2-2.
- Wakefield put the Panthers ahead for good in the 48th minute. Sophomore Natalie Perry (Conway, N.H.) sent a drive into the circle from 30 yards out and Mezquita used some good stick skills to skirt around the goalie. She got a backhanded shot off as she was falling to her knees, and Wakefield was able to push it into the cage.
- Bridgewater had a chance to retie the game with two minutes remaining, but junior Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) made multiple sprawling saves and PSU was able to run out the clock.
Inside the Numbers:
- Distler was tested in the fourth quarter, as four of her six saves came in the final 15 minutes. She improved to 5-4 on the year.
- Mezquita notched a goal and assist and leads the Panthers with seven goals, four assists and 18 points.
- Wakefield picked up her fifth goal of the season, while Mayes recorded a pair of assists.
- PSU held a slight 13-10 advantage in shots, but earned 11 penalty corners to Bridgewater's two.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We had three beautiful hustle goals and the defense, sparked by Kate [McPherson], Kylie [Ham] and Olivia [Geisser] was key today," said head coach Bonnie Lord. "We played hard enough to win."
- Plymouth State hosts Worcester State next Saturday (Oct. 26) for an LEC contest at the New Hampton School at noon.
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