PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Katie Doherty (Tewksbury, Mass.) recorded a goal and an assist Friday afternoon as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth scored a pair of second half goals to come from behind and defeat Plymouth State University, 3-2, in a Little East Conference women's soccer game at Panther Field.
The outcome pushes the Corsairs into fifth place in the LEC with a 2-3 conference record, 5-8-1 overall, while PSU drops down to 1-4 in the LEC and 5-6-2 overall. PSU and UMD entered the game in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Little East.
The visitors got on the board first when freshman Shannon Rhinehart (Randolph, Mass.) blasted a shot from the left side, which slipped through the goalkeepers hands, off the right goal post and into the net for her fifth goal of the season. PSU came back to even the match six minutes later, as senior Lauren Lavery (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South) took a corner kick, senior Ariana Hunt (Pierre, S.D.) one-touched it to sophomore Sarah Pandiscio (Simsbury, Conn.), who fired it into the top of the goal for her second of the season.
Plymouth State took its first lead of the day less than two minutes later when junior Rebecca Wilson (Clinton, Conn.) collected a pass from sophomore Katie Lozano (Woolwich, Maine) on the doorstep and knocked it in. Wilson is now tied with Lavery for the PSU team lead with nine goals.
PSU nearly took a two-goal lead three minutes into the second half when Pandiscio fed Lavery with a nice drop pass, but Lavery's shot clanged off the cross bar. Less than a minute later freshman Jamie Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) broke in alone for the Corsairs but her shot went high over the net.
UMass Dartmouth evened the score in the 53rd minute when Doherty dribbled through the Panther defense down the right side and slid a nice pass across to Ledin, who kicked the ball into a wide-open net for her fifth of the season. Doherty then scored the eventual game-winner in the 69th minute when she picked up a loose ball about 10 yards out and put it in the back of the net for her second of the season.
The Panthers' best chance to get the equalizer came with nine minutes remaining when Wilson found Lavery open but her shot from the top of the 18-yard box went just wide right.
PSU is back in action Tuesday with a non-conference game at Bridgewater State (3:30 p.m.) UMD returns home to host Emerson Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
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