Vikings' OT goal sinks upset-minded Panthers
SALEM, Mass. – Alysha Brunelle (Auburn, Mass.) scored two minutes and eight seconds into overtime Tuesday evening to lift the Salem State University Vikings past the Plymouth State University Panthers, 1-0, in non-conference women's soccer action at Alumni Field.
Brunelle took a pass from Rikki Lanagan (Swampscott, Mass.) to the right of Panther senior goalie Chelsea Duval (Dover, N.H.) and pushed a shot into the left corner to break the scoreless deadlock, which gave the Lady Vikings (6-3-1) their fourth win in its past six games.
Salem State controlled possession for most of the first half, outshooting the Panthers 8-1. However, Plymouth State hung tough as Duval made four first half saves to keep the game 0-0 at halftime.
Neither team could garner many scoring chances in the second half even though the Vikings pressured the Panthers' defense consistently throughout the period. Katelyn Krish (Rockland, Mass.) had the best opportunity to score as she broke loose on a break-away, but her shot was snared by Duval with just seconds remaining in regulation.
Rachel Ledbetter (Dracut, Mass.) made three stops to pick up her sixth win of the year for the Vikings, while Duval made seven saves for Plymouth State. Salem State held a 14-5 advantage in shots, and led 4-1 in corners.
Salem State is back in action on Saturday against Westfield State at 3:00 p.m., while Plymouth State visits Southern Maine at 1:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information)
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