Panthers record first win for Coach Bennett
HENNIKER, N.H. – Senior Rebecca Wilson (Clinton, Conn.) netted her second goal of the game just over four minutes into the second overtime Thursday afternoon to lift Plymouth State University past the New England College Pilgrims, 2-1, in non-conference women’s soccer action at Cox Field.
The win is the first of the season for Plymouth State and the first for Panther head coach Cindy Bennett. PSU improves to 1-2-0 overall, while the Pilgrims drop to 0-3-1 on the season. All three of PSU's games this season have been decided by one goal -- two in double overtime and one with five minutes remaining in the game.
The two teams battled through the majority of the opening half scoreless before PSU broke the silence when Wilson one-timed in a corner from freshman Shannon Snively (Fremont, N.H.) in the 39th minute. NEC responded early in the second half as Kristen Walker (Franklin, Mass.) scored her first collegiate goal off a cross from Alyssa Wilkie (Saugus, Mass.) just 1:54 into the second.
Neither team would be able to muster a goal in the final 43 minutes of regulation but it would be Plymouth State with the most opportunities, out-shooting NEC, 9-4. PSU also held a 5-1 advantage in shots in the first overtime, including three on net. The Panthers’ best opportunity came in the final minute of the first overtime but Pilgrim keeper Erin Palma (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) batted away a nice shot from freshman Cassie Graham (Foster, R.I.) to force a second extra session.
The Panthers converted on their first opportunity in the second overtime as Wilson flared a shot over Palma that rolled in, giving Plymouth the 2-1 victory.
The Panthers finished the afternoon with the 25-11 advantage in shots. Picking up the win in net for Plymouth State was junior Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, N.H.) who finished with five saves. Palma recorded an impressive 16 saves for the Pilgrims.
NEC returns to action this Saturday when it travels to conference opponent Western New England. Plymouth State will host non-conference opponent Green Mountain on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of New England College Sports Information)
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