PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Lauren Lavery (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South) recorded a goal and an assist and sophomore keeper Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) made five saves Saturday afternoon to lift Plymouth State University to a 3-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference women's soccer game at Panther Field.
Lavery, who now leads the Panthers in scoring with six goal and two assists, set up PSU's second goal midway through the first half and added an insurance marker early in the second half. Plymouth State won its second straight outing, improving to 4-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the LEC, while Southern Maine drops to 1-7 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
Senior Gianna Minervini (Point Pleasant, N.J.) gave the Panthers the lead less than four minutes into the contest. The keeper came out to block her shot but Minervini chipped the ball over the keeper's head and into the goal for her third of the season. PSU extended the margin 15 minutes later when Lavery slid a pass in the box to junior Rebecca Wilson (Clinton, Conn.), who finished off her fifth of the season for a two-goal Panther lead, which lasted through the rest of the half.
Lavery made it 3-0 just six minutes into the second half when she hit a direct kick from just outside the box past the keeper, and PSU kept the visitors off the scoreboard all afternoon.
Plymouth State finished with a 16-6 advantage in shots. LaBroad earned her second career shutout with five saves, while USM keeper Allison Bradley (Auckland, NZ) finished with eight saves.
PSU is on the road for its next two games, beginning Thursday, Oct.1, at Lyndon State College (4:00 p.m.) Southern Maine plays its third straight road game Tuesday at Salem State (6:00 p.m.)
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