PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Carrie Poulin (Westfield, Mass.) scored two goals Tuesday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State College women's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Rhode Island College in the opening round of the Little East Conference Tournament at Panther Field.
The victory moves the fourth-seeded Panthers (10-6-2 overall) into a semi-final match Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at LEC regular season champion and top-seeded Keene State (12-5-3). Fifth-seeded RIC completes its season at 8-9-0.
The Panthers got the only goal they would need just 16 minutes into the match when junior Jill Wolters (Vernon, NJ) streaked down the right sideline and fed a crossing pass that Poulin knocked home for the eventual game-winner.
The game remained a 1-0 contest until Poulin struck again with 10 minutes left in the second half, taking a pass from freshman Jennie Judson (Stark, NH) and depositing it in the left corner of the net. Poulin has scored at least two goals in a game five times this season, and leads the team in scoring with 14 goals and two assists.
Senior Marcy Frew (Webster, NH) rounded out the scoring for the Panthers with her second of the season at the 81:36 mark, converting a corner kick by teammate Mary Young (Rockland, Mass.).
Both goalies had plenty of action, with RIC keeper Micaela Morin (North Smithfield, RI) making eight saves and PSC keeper Becky Kennedy (West Springfield, Mass.) stopping nine shots to record her fourth shutout of the season and ninth of her career. The Panthers had a slim 15-14 advantage in shots on goal.
Friday's semi-final for PSC will be a rematch of the 1-1 double-overtime tie against Keene State on Sept. 30th at PSC. Second-seeded Western Connecticut hosts third-seeded Southern Maine in the other semi-final, with the championship game set for Sunday at 12 noon at the site of the highest remaining seed. The LEC Champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.