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PSU and Castleton play to draw in women’s soccer

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            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Lauren Lavery (Nashua, N.H.) scored her second goal of the game to tie the score with nine minutes remaining in regulation Wednesday afternoon, and Plymouth State University and Castleton State College went on to a 3-3 overtime draw in non-conference women's soccer action at chilly Panther Field.

            Lavery's two goals helped PSU offset an outstanding performance by Castleton junior Courtney Chadburn (North Clarendon, Vt.), who scored all three Spartan goals, including two in the second half to pull her team from behind.  Castleton in now 7-0-1 in its last eight games and 7-5-2 overall, while PSU stopped a three-game losing streak and is now 5-5-2 overall.

PSU Women's Soccer Captains Stacy DiSabato, Rachel Kindl, Jen Mooney and Lauren Lavery             Plymouth State was wearing pink uniforms in the game to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.

            Lavery put the home team ahead early, firing a loose ball into the net from close range just three minutes into the contest.  It stayed that way for the next 40 minutes until Chadburn evened the match with her first goal of the game with four minutes left in the half, as her long shot from the right side snuck past a screened PSU goalkeeper.

            The Panthers regained the lead early in the second half when junior Rebecca Wilson (Clinton, Conn.) scored her eighth goal of the season, converting a crossing pass from freshman Cassie Barnard (Bedford, N.H./Manchester West).

            Trailing 2-1, Chadburn scored twice in less than three minutes midway through the second half to give the Spartans the lead.  Her crossing pass in the 70th minute deflected off a Panther defender and into the goal, and she took a feed from sophomore Brynn Campbell (Clarendon, Vt.) in the middle to finish off her hat trick less than three minutes later. Chadburn leads the Spartans with 13 goals on the season.

            The Castleton lead lasted nearly nine minutes until Lavery collected a crossing pass from sophomore Sarah Pandiscio (Simsbury, Conn.) and found the net for her second of the game and team-leading ninth of the season, deadlocking the score at 3-3.  Neither team was able to score the rest of the way, including two overtime sessions.

            PSU finished with a 21-8 advantage in shots, including 7-0 in overtime.  Freshman Ericka Davis (Cambridge, Vt.) made seven saves for the Spartans, and sophomore Stephanie Regina (Howell, N.J.) finished with two saves for PSU.

            Plymouth State returns to Little East Conference action Friday with a 4:30 p.m. kick-off at Panther Field against UMass Dartmouth.  Castleton returns home to host Green Mountain College in a North Atlantic Conference match Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Think Pink!!

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