Panthers upend Southern Maine in OT

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Beth Dooly (Goffstown, NH) scored her second goal in as many games with 33 seconds remaining in the first overtime Tuesday afternoon, leading Plymouth State College to a 3-2 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference women's soccer match at Panther Field.

The victory improves PSC to 8-6-1 overall and 3-2-1 in LEC contests, while the Huskies drop to 10-6-0 and 4-2-0.

Plymouth State needed to overcome a 2-0 deficit to pull out the victory. The Huskies got on the board just four minutes into the contest when a shot by sophomore Jenny Boucher (Madawaska, Maine) went off the crossbar and senior Ali Hathaway (Hampden, Maine) knocked home the rebound for her seventh goal of the season. Sophomore Abbie Leonard (Camden, Maine) made it 2-0 midway through the half when she picked up a loose ball in the box and deposited it in the lower left corner of the goal.

The Panthers started their comeback less than four minutes before halftime when Dooly centered a pass from the right endline and junior Carrie Poulin (Westfield, Mass.) knocked it in to make it 2-1 at the break.

With time dwindling down in the second half, Poulin struck again, redirecting a pass from junior Jill Wolters (Vernon, NJ) with 5:51 remaining for her team-leading 12th goal of the season, sending the game into overtime. PSC controlled play in the extra frame and appeared headed to a second overtime before Dooly gave the Panthers the sudden victory.

PSC junior keeper Becky Kennedy (West Springfield, Mass.) made six saves to record the victory, while USM's Samantha Whitman (Saxtons River, Vt.) was credited with four saves.

PSC wraps up the regular season with two more games this week - a non-conference match Thursday (Oct. 19) at Westfield State (7 p.m.) and an LEC encounter Saturday (Oct. 21) at UMass Dartmouth (1 p.m.). Southern Maine concludes the regular season Saturday at Western Connecticut (12 p.m.).