PSU Women’s Soccer falls to Colby-Sawyer

Panthers finish weekend tourney with 1-1 record

            NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Colby-Sawyer College and New England College women's soccer teams rebounded from losses on Saturday with a pair of victories Sunday on the second day of the Colby-Sawyer Labor Day Tournament. New England College defeated Rivier, 3-2, in the day's first game, while Colby-Sawyer earned a 2-1 win over Plymouth State in the final game.

            Each team ended the tournament with a 1-1 record. Colby-Sawyer (2-1) returns to action on Wednesday with a 4:00pm contest at Norwich. PSU (1-1) hosts Castleton on Saturday at 1:00pm. New England College (1-2) travels to SUNY-Canton on Friday for a 6:00pm match. Rivier (1-2) hosts Emmanuel on Saturday at 3:00 pm. 

Colby-Sawyer 2, Plymouth State 1

            Colby-Sawyer opened the scoring in the 13th minute when sophomore Adrienne Bender put a deflection off the PSU goalie into the back of the net. The initial shot was taken by Lauren Bernard, who picked up her first assist of the season.

            The Panthers knotted the score at 1-1 five minutes later. Sophomore Carol Messler sent a cross from the left side to the opposite side of the net. Freshman Kate Nixon was waiting and headed the ball past the dive of Colby-Sawyer keeper Shalyn Spencer.

            The Chargers quickly regained the lead less than two minutes later when Bender controlled a ball in a scrum in front of the net and scored the eventual game-winning goal.

            Each team had a couple of scoring chances in the second, but nothing came of them as the goalies were up to the task. The Chargers protected home field in the 2-1 win.

            Colby-Sawyer keeper Shalyn Spencer earned her second win of the season by making two saves. Plymouth goalie Courtney Lins made seven saves in the loss. 

New England College 3, Rivier 2

            New England College and Rivier played an even first half resulting in a stalemate and a 0-0 score after 45 minutes. The second half was a different story as both offenses found their stride and peppered the net.

            Rivier took a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the second frame as sophomore Mariah Payne sent a cross from the right flank towards the net setting up sophomore teammate Lauren Tamposi for the easy header into the back of the net.

            New England College responded with three unanswered goals over the next 20 minutes. Junior Tamra Comerford ripped a shot at the Rivier keeper, who was able to get a hand on the ball saving a sure goal. However, sophomore Kristen Walker took the deflection and fired it into the net for her first goal of the season.

            Pilgrims senior Veronica Hytner then scored a pair of goals in a span of two minutes to give NEC a 3-1 lead. Both tallies were mirror images of each other as she sent a bending ball into the upper right corner of the net from 25 yards on both occasions.

            Tamposi recorded her third goal of the season with four minutes to play on a breakaway, but that would be as close as the Raiders would get, falling to NEC 3-2.

            Freshman Tricia Sardagnola allowed one goal and made one save in the win of NEC. Sophomore Kassandra Flint had one save in and allowed one goal in the first 52 minutes of the contest for the Pilgrims. Rivier goalie, Christine Surber took the loss and made a game-high five saves. 

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