PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Karly Henderson (Salem, Mass.) scored two goals Tuesday afternoon to lead Salem State College to a 5-2 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference women's soccer match at Panther Field.
It was a 1-1 game late in the first half but the visitors scored just before the break to make it 2-1 and then rattled off three unanswered goals in the second half to put the game away. The Vikings get back on the winning track and improve to 7-4, while PSU dropped its second in a row and fell to 5-4-1.
The Vikings got on the board just six minutes into the contest when junior Taylor Orlando (Danvers, Mass.) chipped a ball over the keeper's head and into the goal for an early lead. The game stayed 1-1 for the next 30 minutes until PSU tied the score with six minutes remaining in the half. Senior Lauren Lavery (Nashua, N.H.) sent a corner kick into the box and senior Ariana Hunt (Pierre, S.D.) headed it into the goal for her first of the season.
Salem State needed less than two minutes to regain the lead as Henderson scored her first of the game with 4:34 left on the first-half clock, giving the Vikings a 2-1 margin at the break.
The Vikings pulled away in the second half. Junior Erin O'Brien (Hanson, Mass.) made it 3-1 less than three minutes in, and Henderson intercepted an errant Panther clearing pass in the 60th minute and followed with her second goal of the game and team-leading seventh of the season. Senior Jessica Baird (Worcester, Mass.) rounded out the scoring for the Vikings when she picked up a loose ball off a Viking corner kick and knocked home her first of the season.
PSU got one last goal with eight minutes remaining when senior Stacy DiSabato (Manchester, N.H.) headed home a nice cross from Lavery, who recorded her second assist in the game.
Salem State finished with a13-5 advantage in shots and a 5-1 margin in corner kicks.
Plymouth State returns to Little East Conference action Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. kick-off at Rhode Island College. Salem State returns home to host Framingham State in a MASCAC match Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
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