KEENE, N.H. - Keene State College got goals from four different players and received strong play from its defense Sunday afternoon to post a 4-0 victory over rival Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's soccer game at Owl Athletic Complex.
Winners of five out of its last six games, KSC improves to 8-2 (2-0 LEC). PSU falls to 2-3-2 (0-2 in the LEC). The Panthers have been unable to score in five straight games.
Sophomore Katie Bradford (Lebanon, N.H.) had two quality chances to get the Owls on the board, the best coming at the 32:12 mark when she was sent in alone on a pass from junior Kendra Spencer (Petoskey, Mich.). PSU freshman goalie Stephanie Regina (Howell, N.J.) was up to the challenge, stopping both bids.
Bradford didn't miss her next opportunity with 10 minutes to play in the half. Sent in again by a lead pass from junior Jacyln Grant (Newington, Conn.), Bradford went wide pulling Regina out of position and deposited the ball into the open net for her team-leading 10th goal of the season.
KSC kept the pressure on in the second half. Regina came up big again for the Panthers with a diving save off the foot of sophomore midfielder Nora Mahoney (Belchertown, Mass.) and an attempt by freshman Sia Karamourtopoulos (Freemont, N.H.)
The Owls got an insurance goal at the 60-minute mark. Senior Michelle Boland (Worcester, Mass.) intercepted a pass and fed Karamourtopolis, who put the ball into the far corner of the net for her third goal of the season.
The Panthers had a couple of opportunities to make it a one-goal game with just over 25 minutes to play, a shot by sophomore Rachel Kindl (Granby, Conn.) went wide and a bid by freshman Amy Green (Atkinson, N.H.) sailed over the net.
Sophomore Katelin Waltz (Southington, Conn.) knocked in a rebound off the post to make it a 3-0 game at the 70:55 mark. Four minutes later the Owls were rewarded a penalty kick and freshman Shannon Hennessey (Essex Junction, Vt.) connected to give KSC a 4-0 lead.
Senior Samantha Hirsh (Holliston, Mass.) and sophomore Ashley Molloy (Manchester, N.H.) shared the shutout in goal for KSC. Hirsh made three saves while Molly didn't stop a shot in the final 12:46 of play.
Keene State hosts Worcester State in a non-conference game on Wednesday (5 p.m.). Plymouth State returns home to face Lyndon State on Thursday (4:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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