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September 15, 2012

Women’s Soccer falls to UMD in overtime

Todd and Bell score goals for Panthers

            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's soccer team suffered a disappointing defeat Saturday afternoon, falling to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in double overtime, 3-2, in the Little East Conference opener for both schools at UMD's Cressy Field.

            The Corsairs and Panthers battled back and forth all day and UMD was able to capture its second overtime victory this week and its third straight win. Sophomore Maura Goncalves (Dartmouth, Mass.) continued her strong play netting two goals for the Corsairs, the second of which was the game-winner in the 105th minute.

            Senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, Mass.) opened the scoring in the fifth minute when the Panthers' errant clear landed directly on her foot. Six minutes later, Plymouth State answered back when junior Molly Todd (Epsom, N.H.) found the back of the net for her second goal of the season.

            Goncalves scored the first of her two goals with 17 minutes remaining in the opening half as she converted a pass from Van Ness. The Corsairs would take the 2-1 lead into half.

            The score would remain that way until sophomore Emily Bell (Derry, N.H.) converted a pass from Todd on an odd man rush with 15 minutes remaining. Both squads had scoring chances as regulation came to a close, but neither team was able to capitalize. After a scoreless opening 10 minutes in overtime, Goncalves scored off a shot by sophomore Logan Becker (Littleton, Mass.)

            The Corsairs outshot the Panthers, 22-12.  Senior goalkeeper Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, Mass.) made seven saves for the Corsairs and Chelsea Duval (Dover, N.H.) made 10 for Plymouth State.

            UMass Dartmouth, 4-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the Little East, hosts Connecticut College Tuesday evening while PSU, 1-4-0 and 0-1-0 in the LEC, visits Worcester State Tuesday evening. 

(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information) 

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