WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Sophomore forward Meghann Booth (Windsor Locks, Conn.) registered her second career two-goal game and junior back Megan Taylor (Manchester, Conn.) contributed a goal and an assist Saturday as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team won a battle of Little East Conference unbeatens with a 4-0 win over Plymouth State University at Thomas Nevers Field.
The win is the third in the last four outings for Eastern (5-4 overall, 3-0 LEC), which defeated Plymouth State for the fifth straight season after losing 11 of the first 12 matches in this series. The teams entered play sharing first place in the conference.
The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Plymouth State (7-2-1 overall, 2-1 LEC), which had won each of those matches by shutout behind sophomore Hayley Quinones (Waitsfield, Vt.), who entered action as the conference leader in goals-against average. PSU's defense surrendered four goals after allowing only four goals in the first nine games this year.
Booth scored twice in the first half to give the Warriors a 3-0 halftime lead. Junior midfielder Nicole Swantee's (Thompson, Conn.) first goal of the year off a free kick by Taylor gave Eastern a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of play. Booth followed with her third goal of the season five minutes later after carrying down the sideline, then made it 3-0 in the 24th minute following another long carry down the sideline. Taylor's third goal of the year 10 minutes into the second half came on a header off a pass from junior forward Jen Ferrari (Coventry, R.I.).
Eastern senior keeper Stacey Schofield (Woodstock, Conn.) combined on the shutout with sophomore Allison Sumecki (Northford, Conn.) and senior Casey Blake (Milford, Conn.). Schofield made three saves in the first half and moved atop the conference goalkeeper leaders by lowering her goals-against average to 0.82.
Plymouth State returns home to host Salem State Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in a non-conference match-up at Panther Field, while Eastern visits Connecticut College Tuesday at 4 p.m.
(Courtesy of Eastern Conn. Sports Information)
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