Laliberte scores lone goal for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Erica Jonasson scored her fifth goal of the season six minutes into the second half Saturday afternoon, leading the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State University in the Little East Conference women's soccer opener for both schools.
Jonasson collected a loose ball in the scoring box and volleyed it over the keeper into the top left corner of the goal at the 51:17 mark. That broke a 1-t deadlock and stood as the game-winner as the Corsairs improved to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the LEC, while PSU dropped to 3-2 and 0-1.
The Corsairs got on the board first at the 33-minute mark in the first half, when sophomore Kelsey Leandro scored an unassisted goal with a shot to the near post which beat the Panther keeper on the low side. It took PSU only a minute and a half to score the equalizer, as sophomore Carol Messler crossed a pass to the middle, where senior Sam Laliberte finished off the play for her first goal of the season at 34:28.
Jonasson's goal early in the second half put the visitors ahead, and neither team was able to break through the rest of the way. UMD finished with 10 shots and PSU nine. Junior keeper Stephanie Borges earned the win in the Corsairs' goal, making five saves, while PSU senior Angelina LaBroad finished with three saves for the home team.
Both teams are back in action with non-conference games on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., as PSU hosts Worcester State University and UMD visits Connecticut College.
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