PSU Women’s Soccer downs NEC in season opener

Panthers blank Pilgrims at Colby-Sawyer Tournament 

            NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Plymouth State University and Rivier College women's soccer teams each earned a victory Saturday afternoon on the first day of competition at the Colby-Sawyer Labor Day Tournament. Plymouth defeated New England College, 3-0 and Rivier downed host Colby-Sawyer, 2-1.

            New England College will play Rivier at 12:00pm on Sunday, followed by Plymouth against Colby-Sawyer. 

 Plymouth State 3, New England College 0

            Plymouth State opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game when sophomore Shannon Snively (Fremont, N.H.) broke away from the defense down the right flank. Snively, who was just outside of the box, ripped a bending ball right into the corner of the net.

            The Panthers increased their advantage in the 26th minute. Senior Sammi Jo Saltalamacchia (Sandown, N.H.) was surrounded by a few defenders when she flicked the ball over them to senior teammate Sam Laliberte (Concord, N.H.), who outran everyone else en route to scoring the game's second goal.

            PSU tacked on a third goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game when the NEC defenders collided. Sophomore Carol Messler (Durham, N.H.) took advantage and found the back of the net to lift the Panthers to a 3-0 victory.

            Senior goalie Courtney Lins (Fremont, N.H.) made eight saves and earned the shutout win for Plymouth. NEC freshman keeper Tricia Sardagnola (Shrewsbury, Mass.) made three saves in the loss. 

Rivier 2, Colby-Sawyer 1

            Rivier College took a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute when sophomore Rebecca Wickens (Tyngsboro, Mass.) found an open Lauren Tamposi (Hollis, N.H.). Tamposi did the rest as she fired the ball past the dive of Colby-Sawyer keeper Shalyn Spencer (Natick, Mass.).

            Seven minutes later, sophomore Deanna Cetto (Sterling, Mass.) put the away team up 2-0. Cetto was running down the right side of the field and ripped a shot across the goal mouth. Luckily for the Raiders, the ball hit the far post and ricocheted into the net.

            Colby-Sawyer cut the deficit in half with four minutes to play in the first frame. Sophomore Stephanie Huntley (Woodbury, Conn.) sent a free kick towards the goal from 40 yards back. Rivier goalie, Christine Surber (Langdon, N.H.) tried to gain control of the bouncing ball, but Colby-Sawyer's Michelle Upham (Chelsea, Vt.) was able to disrupt the play and knock the ball into the net.

            Down 2-1 at the half, Colby-Sawyer had numerous chances in the second, but Surber was up to the task every time and ended with nine saves. Spencer made five saves in the loss for Colby-Sawyer. 

 (Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information) 

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