Panthers drop seventh one-goal game
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Junior Molly Copeland notched the game-winning goal with just 13 second remaining in the first overtime Tuesday afternoon to lead the Bridgewater State University women's soccer team to a dramatic 2-1 come-from-behind win over visiting Plymouth State University at Swenson Field.
The host Bears improve to 9-6-1 on the season, while Plymouth State falls to 4-10. Seven of the Panthers' 10 losses have been by just one goal.
With the clock ticking down in overtime, sophomore Katie Johnson sent Copeland in on a breakaway with a long through pass. Copeland controlled the ball, dribbled in and chipped a shot over the goaltender and into the back of the net for her third marker of the season.
The Bears trailed 1-0 until the waning minutes of regulation when senior Amber LaPorte scored on a header off a rebound of a Melanie Thomson shot in the 86th minute. For LaPorte it was her team-leading sixth goal of the campaign.
PSU had taken the 1-0 first-half lead with just over 10 minutes left in the opening stanza as senior Sammi Jo Saltalamacchia buried a shot into the left side of the net off a pass from sophomore Laura Davis.
BSU's goaltending duo of junior Kristen Rowe and sophomore Kerry Condon combined to make six saves in the contest. Condon came in to start the second half and picked up her sixth win of the season while turning aside four shots. Two of Condon's four saves came in the overtime period including a stop of a header shot by Panther sophomore Cassie Graham in the 95th minute.
Senior Angelina LaBroad made 11 saves between the pipes for the Panthers.
Bridgewater will host MASCAC foe Mass. Maritime Academy on Saturday afternoon at 5:30. Plymouth State travels to Little East Conference rival Rhode Island College on Saturday for a one o'clock game.
(Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information)
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