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October 1, 2011

Keene State shuts out PSU Women’s Soccer

LaBroad with busy day in goal for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A goal by junior Brittany Croteau seven minutes into the contest stood as the game-winner Saturday afternoon as Keene State College defeated Plymouth State University, 2-0, in Little East Conference women's soccer action at rainy Panther Field.

            The Owls kept the pressure on the PSU goal much of the afternoon, finishing with a 23-4 advantage in shots.  PSU senior goalkeeper Angelina LaBroad had a busy day in goal, keeping the Panthers in the game with a 10-save effort.  Keene State stopped a two-game losing skid and improved to 7-5 overall and 3-0 in LEC play, while PSU dropped its fifth straight to fall to 3-6 overall and 0-3 in the Little East.

            Leading the Owls to the clean sheet were defenders Jane Walsh, Kelsie Bailey and Erin Griffin, and senior keeper Megan Dempsey, who made the stop on all four shots she faced.

            Croteau received a drop pass from senior Sia Karamourtopoulos at the top of the box and drilled a shot on the PSU goal.  LaBroad got her hands on the ball, but the wet ball slipped past her and into the goal for Croteau's fifth goal of the year, putting the Owls on the board.    Keene State finished the first half with an 11-2 advantage in shots, but had just the one-goal lead.

            PSU picked up the pace in the second half and put some pressure on the Owls net but couldn't knock one past Dempsey.  The visitors took any momentum away from PSU with 16 minutes to play when freshman Alex Haley and sophomore Hayley Kenyon worked a nifty give-and-go, and Haley finished off the play for her third goal of the season.  That was all the Owls needed to secure the victory.

            Plymouth State is home again Tuesday, hosting Salem State University in a non-conference affair (4:30 p.m.)  Keene State returns home to entertain Framingham State University Tuesday in non-conference action (6:30 p.m.) 

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