PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Nicole Gaudette (Colchester, Conn.) scored the only goal of the match midway through the first half Saturday afternoon as Eastern Connecticut State University knocked off Plymouth State University, 1-0, in the Little East Conference women's soccer opener for both schools at Panther Field.
Gaudette's goal was a beauty, as she collected the ball in the offensive end and fired a shot from about 30 yards out to the top right corner of the net. The goal came with 14:37 showing on the first half clock, and was the third of the season for Gaudette, a two-time First Team All-LEC selection.
The Warriors nearly got on the board 10 minutes earlier, but a strong shot by freshman Lauren Greeney (Bethel, Conn.) bounced solidly off the crossbar.
Eastern Connecticut finished with a 13-3 advantage in shots in the first half and 20-6 in the game, but could not get any more goals. PSU freshman Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, N.H.) made some nice saves in the Panther goal and finished with nine stops. Junior Kim Church (Farmington, Conn.) needed to make just two saves to post her third shutout of the season.
PSU, 2-1-2 overall, returns to action with a 7:00 p.m. non-conference match Tuesday at Worcester State. ECSU, 5-1-0 overall and winners of three straight, all by shutout, have eight days off before hosting in-state rival Western Connecticut on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 1:00 p.m. at Nevers Field.
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