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RIC eliminates PSC from LEC Tourney

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Malissa Holden (Warwick, R.I.) scored her second goal of the game with 1:40 left in the second overtime, giving Rhode Island College a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State College Tuesday in the opening round of the Little East Conference Women's Soccer Tournament at Panther Field.

The fifth-seeded Anchorwomen, 7-9-2, move on to face top-seeded Keene State in a semifinal match Thursday in Keene (6:00 p.m.). The fourth-seeded Panthers complete their season at 5-11-1.

The victory was the first for RIC over Plymouth State in 11 career meetings (1-9-1). The Panthers had knocked the Anchorwomen out of the LEC Tournament in the first round the last two seasons.

Holden, who came into the game with one goal this season, gave the Anchorwomen a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the second half, blasting a direct kick into the top of the net from about 20 yards out. PSC freshman Melissa Erwin (Newington, Conn.) evened the score at 1-1 six minutes later, converting a play from teammate Sandra Petlick (New Castle, NH).

With time winding down in the second overtime, Holden was awarded another direct kick just outside the PSC box, and she delivered the ball into the far corner of the net for the "Golden Goal."

Plymouth State had a 14-5 advantage in shots on goal. RIC sophomore keeper Melissa Carpentier (Woonsocket, R.I.) earned the win with eight saves, while PSC freshman goalie Hayley Quinones (Waitsfield, Vt.) made two saves in the loss.