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Keene State defeats PSU Women’s Soccer

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshman Katie Bradford (Lebanon, N.H.) and senior Kathleen Keniston (Minneapolis, Minn.) each tallied two goals and an assist Saturday afternoon to lead Keene State College past rival Plymouth State University, 5-0, in a Little East Conference women's soccer game at Panther Field.

            Bradford and Keniston took turns setting each other up for first half goals as Keene State took a 2-0 lead, Bradford scoring 12 minutes in and Keniston in the 31st minute.  The Owls had a 5-1 advantage in shots in the opening frame and took the two-goal lead into the break.

            Keene State pulled away early in the second half, as Keniston scored her second of the game at the 50 minute mark and Bradford added her second a little over seven minutes later to make it 4-0.  Junior Michelle Boland (Worcester, Mass.) assisted on Keniston's second tally, and sophomore Kendra Spencer (Petoskey, Mich.) helped out on Bradford's second score.  Senior Renee Halsey (Francestown, N.H.) rounded out the scoring in the final seconds.

            Junior Samantha Hirsch (Holliston, Mass.) stopped all three shots she faced and earned the shutout in the Keene State goal.  Senior Ashley Riberdy (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) had a busy day in the Panther goal and finished with 10 saves.

            The Panthers, 2-3-0 overall and 0-2-0 in conference play, return to action Tuesday with a visit to Colby-Sawyer (3:30 p.m.) The Owls, 6-3-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the LEC, play again Wednesday at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. (6:30 p.m.)

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