Panthers pick up first LEC win of the season
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Sam Laliberte (Concord, N.H.) scored four goals Saturday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University women’s soccer team to a 5-2 victory over Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference match at Panther Field.
Laliberte scored the first goal of the game to give PSU the lead and added three second-half scores to help the Panthers solidify the win. Laliberte (right) has six goals in her last two outings and a team-leading eight on the season. Plymouth State picked up its first LEC victory of the season, improving to 5-7-0 overall and 1-3-0 in conference play.
RIC got both of its goals from junior Ashley Choiniere (Hope, R.I.), both coming about five minutes apart late in the first half that gave the Anchorwomen a brief lead. The loss leaves RIC with a 5-7 overall record, 1-3-0 in the LEC.
After nearly 33 scoreless minutes, Laliberte broke the deadlock by converting a nice centering pass from freshman Laura Davis (Pelham, N.Y.). Choiniere tied the game up for RIC a little more than three minutes later, taking a diagonal pass on the right side and booting into the left side of the net, and she put the Anchorwomen ahead at 41:07, converting a breakway for her second of the game and seventh of the season.
It took PSU just 21 seconds to come back and tie the game as senior Rebecca Wilson (Clinton, Conn.) scored her third goal of the season and the teams were tied 2-2 at the break.
Laliberte tallied her second of the game and the eventual game-winner just 1:24 into the second half, with an assist from freshman Molly Todd (Epsom, N.H.) The Panthers pulled away when Laliberte added two more goals, one on a nice through-ball from freshman Cassie Graham (Foster, R.I.) with 11 minutes remaining and the other on a corner kick taken by junior Sarah Pandiscio (Simsbury, Conn.)
PSU junior Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, N.H.) made four saves to record the victory in goal. Senior Maddie Pirri (Bristol, R.I.) had a busy day in the RIC goal, finishing with nine saves.
Plymouth State returns to action Wednesday with a 3:30 p.m. game at Castleton College. Rhode Island College returns home to host Framingham State Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
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