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October 28, 2008

Fitchburg State cruises past PSU Women’s Soccer

            FITCHBURG, Mass. - The Fitchburg State women's soccer team posted its fourth consecutive victory Tuesday evening, defeating Plymouth State University 5-2 in non-conference action at Elliot Field.

            Freshman Carissa Kennedy (Somerset, Mass.) and sophomore Courtney Kimball (Plymouth, Mass.) led the Fitchburg State scoring attack with one goal and one assist apiece, while junior Lauren Wundt (Southwick, Mass.), sophomore Ali Landry (Bellingham, Mass.) and junior Jen Tabor (Webster, Mass.) added one score apiece.

            Freshman Betsy Brooker (Woolwich, Maine) and junior Gianna Minervini (Point Pleasant, N.J.) led the Plymouth State offense with one goal apiece, while newcomers Amy Green (Guilford, Conn.) and Charlotte Miller (Bedford, N.H.) chipped in with one assist each.

            The Falcons opened the scoring in the 22nd minute as Wundt connected for her team-leading 14th goal of the season. Kimball followed suit with a goal just eight minutes later as she deposited her fourth score of the season. Fitchburg State took a 3-0 lead into half time as Landry rounded out the first half scoring with her third goal of the year.

            Fitchburg State continued its momentum in the second half, striking for its fourth goal of the contest just 10:11 into the frame. Kennedy took an Ashley Dutcher (Littleton, Mass.) cross-pass from the right side and chipped it in for her eighth of the season. The Falcons put another point on the board with a Tabor goal, before the Panthers connected for back-to-back scores by Brooker and Minervini to close out the half.

            On the cold and rainy night, Fitchburg State out-shot Plymouth State 16-11, with an 8-5  advantage in the first half. Junior Kyla Batchelder (Stoughton, Mass.) got the nod in net for the Falcons, totaling six saves. Freshman Stephanie Regina (Howell, N.J.) stopped four shots in net for the Panthers

            Fitchburg State (11-5) is back in action on Thursday as it hosts Emmanuel College at 7 p.m. Plymouth State (5-7-4) wraps up the regular season Saturday with a Little East Conference at UMass Boston (1:00 p.m. ) 

 (Courtesy of Fitchburg State Sports Information) 

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