PLYMOUTH, NH - Senior Tara Dickson (Sussex, NJ) scored two goals Saturday at Panther Field to lead the Plymouth State College women's soccer team to a 3-0 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
The win wraps up third place for PSC (11-5-1 overall, 4-2-1 LEC) in the LEC regular season standings and clinches a spot in next weekend's four-team conference tournament. The Panthers will travel to second-seeded Keene State for a semi-final game Friday, with the winner advancing to Sunday's championship game against either top-seeded Western Connecticut or fourth seeded Eastern Connecticut.
The champion of the LEC Tournament receives an automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament.
Dickson was assisted on both goals by senior defender Jackie Blanchard (Plymouth, Mass.), who picked up her first points of the season. The first goal came just 14 minutes into the contest, while the second, Dickson's seventh of the season, was scored 13 minutes into the second half.
Senior Faith Wahlen (Hampstead, NH) rounded out the scoring for PSC with her third of the season with 18 minutes remaining.
Panther sophomore keeper Becky Kennedy (West Springfield, MA) was credited with four saves to earn her fifth shutout of the season. UMD's Jennifer Nelson (Medford, MA) made seven saves.
PSC concludes the regular season with the final home game this Wednesday (Oct. 27) against Green Mountain College (3 p.m.). UMD (5-10 overall, 1-5 LEC) plays its final home game Tuesday (Oct. 26) against Bowdoin (3 p.m.).
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