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October 4, 2011

PSU Women’s Soccer defeated by Salem State

Panthers fall short despite late goal by Laliberte

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Salem State University Vikings put together a strong first half Tuesday afternoon, scoring two goals and hung on to defeat Plymouth State University, 2-1, in non-conference women's soccer action at Panther Field.

            PSU came back to score a goal with 17 minutes to play in the second half, but time ran out on the home team.  The Panthers dropped their sixth straight contest, falling to 3-7, while the Vikings improve to 5-4-3.

            Salem State took the lead early. Sophomore Casey Connolly redirected a pass from senior Jackie Gauthier in the second minute to put the Vikings on the board. Salem State extended their lead in the 31st minute as freshman CeCelia Cresta-Devine drove home a nice feed from freshman Katelyn Krish.

            PSU dialed up the intensity in the second half. Senior Sam Laliberte threaded her way through the defense in the 73rd minute and sent a shot into the far corner to bring the Panthers within a goal, but that's as close as the Panthers would get.

            Salem State senior goalkeeper Leah Potcner made four saves to earn her fifth win of the season. Panther senior goalkeeper Angelina LaBroad also had five saves in the loss.

            PSU hosts the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference game on Saturday while Salem State returns home to face Bridgewater State University Saturday in a MASCAC contest. 

(by Adam Sheetz) 

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