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PSU Women’s Soccer clinches LEC playoff berth with win over UMD

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Plymouth State University scored three goals in a span of less than 14 minutes midway through the first half Sunday afternoon and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 3-0, in a Little East Conference women's soccer match at Cressy Field.

The win clinched the sixth and final spot for PSU in this week's LEC post-season tournament. The sixth-seeded Panthers will visit third-seeded Keene State College on Tuesday for a first-round game (6:00 p.m.) PSU won its third straight game, all by shutout, and is now 7-7-2 overall and 3-4-0 in conference play, while UMD completes its season at 2-13-1 overall and 1-6-0 in the LEC.

Senior Kara Arnold (Wolfeboro, N.H.) had a hand in all three Panther goals. She gave PSU a 1-0 lead when she scored the first of her two goals at the 15:53 mark, and then assisted on a goal by freshman Stacy DiSabato (Manchester, N.H./Central) less than two minutes later. Arnold finished the scoring with her second of the game and third of the season at the 29:01 mark.

PSU outshot the Corsairs, 19-11. PSU freshman goalkeeper Morgan McQuaide (Westerly, R.I.) made five saves to record her second shutout of the season. Sophomore Shawna Howell (Uxbridge, Mass.) made six saves for UMD.

Plymouth State will be out to avoid a third straight overtime loss at Keene State. The Panthers were eliminated from the LEC Tournament in the first round at Keene State last season, 1-0 in double OT, and dropped this year's regular season game in Keene, 3-2 in one overtime, on Sept. 30.

(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)

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