PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior Carrie Poulin (Westfield, Mass.) and junior Sandra Petlick (New Castle, N.H.) scored two goals apiece Tuesday afternoon as fifth-seeded Plymouth State College stunned fourth-seeded Rhode Island College 6-1 in the opening round of the Little East Conference women's soccer tournament.
It was PSC's second victory in four days over the Anchorwomen. The Panthers prevailed 3-2 in double overtime in last Saturday's regular season finale in Providence. Tuesday's verdict is also PSC's ninth straight triumph over RIC, who has never beaten the Panthers dating back to RIC's inception as a varsity sport in 1995.
The victory gives the Panthers, 7-9-0 overall, a spot in the LEC semi-finals this Friday, when they will face top-seeded and LEC regular season champion Western Connecticut at 6:00 p.m. in Danbury, Conn. RIC lost for the fourth straight time to drop to 8-7-2 overall.
Poulin started PSC's offensive spree five minutes into the game, scoring on a cross from senior Jill Wolters (Vernon, N.J.). Poulin added another just before halftime to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead at the break.
Wolters got the opening goal of the second half for PSC before Petlick added two more to put the game away. Sophomore Becky Callery (Gill, Mass.) rounded out the scoring for PSC with about three minutes remaining, while junior Krisy Menard (Franklin, Vt.) chipped in with two assists. Poulin and Petlick share the team scoring lead with 10 goals apiece.
RIC's Sadie Beaudet spoiled the shutout bid for PSC senior keeper Becky Kennedy (W. Springfield, Mass.) with an unassisted tally in the 80th minute. Kennedy made 15 saves to preserve the win.
Plymouth State will be facing a Western Connecticut team on Friday that needed two goals in the final 16 minutes to defeat the Panthers two weeks ago in Danbury, 2-1.
(Courtesy RIC Sports Information)