Cooke’s hat trick lifts Spartans past Panthers
CASTLETON, Vt. – Junior Hilary Cooke (Marlborough, Conn.) scored a hat-trick Wednesday evening to propel the Castleton State College women’s soccer team past Plymouth State University, 4-0, in non-conference action at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans have won nine straight games and have not been scored upon in 360 minutes of play. Castleton improves to 12-2 overall while the Panthers had their two-game win streak stopped and fall to 5-8.
Cooke opened up the scoring eight minutes into the game, receiving a through pass from teammate Brynn Campbell (Clarendon, Vt.) near the left side of the box and finished with a shot tucked just inside the left post behind Plymouth State goaltender Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, N.H.).
Less than two minutes later, Cooke scored again, set up beautifully by Maria Arnot (Mildford, N.Y.) and Megan Blongy (Rutland, Vt.). From about 30-yards out, Arnot fed Blongy with a pass near the right side of the box. Then, Blongy quickly played a low cross to Cooke on the left flank and she one-touched the ball inside the left post for a 2-0 advantage.
Castleton defender Kelly Tetreault (Tolland, Conn.) kept the Panthers off of the scoreboard in the 15th minute, stopping Sam LaLiberte’s (Concord, N.H.) shot from going into the net after it beat Castleton goaltender Ericka Davis (Cambridge, Vt.) from the right side of the box. Moments later, Davis kept the Spartans’ shutout streak intact robbing Carol Messler (Durham, N.H.) on a shot attempt from the left flank that was targeted just under the crossbar.
Courtney Chadburn (No. Clarendon, Vt.) made it 3-0 for Castleton at 55:05 with a successful penalty kick for her 16th goal of the season. Cooke completed her hat trick with 12 minutes to play, chipping a shot just under the crossbar for her 14th goal of the season.
LaBroad stopped seven shots while Davis earned her fifth shutout of the season turning away three.
Castleton will travel to Maine Maritime Academy Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. North Atlantic Conference (NAC) match up. Plymouth State returns to Little East Conference play at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at UMass Dartmouth.
(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)
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