Panthers come up empty vs. rival Owls
KEENE, N.H. – The Keene State College women's soccer team extended its winning streak to five games Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 shutout victory over rival Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference game at Owl Athletic Complex.
After starting the season 1-5, Keene State (6-5, 2-1 LEC) moved back over the .500 mark, while Plymouth State (2-7, 0-3 LEC) has dropped four out of its last five.
Dominating play from the opening whistle, Keene State got on the board at the 18:02 mark of the first half. Senior Brittany Croteau (Swanzey, N.H.) corralled a loose ball from just outside the box and drove it into the far right corner of the net. Junior Brittany Boscarino's (Ellington, Conn.) sixth goal of the season made it a 2-0 game five minutes later as she took a crossing ball from junior Hayley Kenyon (Exeter, N.H.) and beat the PSU goalie with a shot just inside the post.
Junior Jessica Berthiaume (Worcester, Mass.) completed the first half scoring with her fifth goal of the season, firing a shot that hit off the cross bar and fell into the net.
PSU senior keeper Chelsea Duval (Dover, N.H.) made the save of the game early in the second half when she came of the net and just got a hand on Kenyon's breakaway bid.
The Owls found the back of the net two more times in the second half. Amber Pelletier (Coventry, Conn.), a sophomore transfer from Western, Conn., got her first goal for the Owls at the 51:17 mark, and Kenyon completed the scoring for KSC at the 62:17 mark when she redirected a cross from junior Beverly Cole (Madbury, N.H.) into the net for her sixth goal of the season.
Duval had a busy day in goal for the Panthers, finishing with 15 saves as Keene State had a wide 33-2 advantage in shots and corner kicks (6-0). Sophomore Torrie Crenson (North Salem, N.Y.) and Kathryn Hoar (Plymouth, Mass.) shared the shutout in goal for the Owls.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday, as Keene State hosts Framingham State (4 p.m.) while Plymouth State travels to Salem State (6 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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