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PSC blanks UMD to earn LEC home

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Plymouth State College women's soccer team clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament with a 2-0 victory Saturday over the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs.

The win gives the Panthers a 5-10-1 overall record and a 3-3-1 mark in conference play, while UMD wraps up the regular season at 6-7-2 overall and 2-4-1 in the LEC. PSC finishes in fourth place in the conference, and will host fifth-seeded Rhode Island College (6-9-2, 2-3-2) in an LEC first-round game Tuesday at Panther Field. Sixth-seeded UMD will be on the road for its first-round game.

Freshman Melissa Erwin (Newington, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal for the Panthers midway through the first half. Senior Katie West (Goffstown, N.H.) added an insurance marker in the 79th minute for PSC, her second of the season.

PSC freshman keeper Hayley Quinones (Waitsfield, Vt.) made four saves and recorded her third shutout of the season. UMD keeper Amanda Tavares made seven saves in the loss.

The first-round play-off game Tuesday between PSC and RIC will be a rematch of the 2-2 double overtime tie between the two schools last Sunday (Oct. 27) in Plymouth.