Wheaton too strong for PSU Women’s Soccer

Panthers drop home finale to Lyons

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Lauren Corigliano (Roselle Park, N.J.) scored a pair of first-half goals Sunday afternoon and nationally-ranked Wheaton College went on to a 6-0 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference women's soccer match at Panther Field.

            Freshman Cat Amick (Vashon, Wash.) had a big second-half for the Lyons, scoring all three goals after the intermission.  Wheaton, which is ranked seventh in the country in Division III and first in New England, stopped a two-game winless streak and improved to 14-1-3 overall.  PSU dropped its home finale and fell to 2-14 overall.

            The upset-minded Panthers kept Wheaton off the scoreboard for the first 25 minutes, until Corigliano broke through for the visitors.  She received a pass from the left side from freshman Julia Cipriano (Middlebury, Conn.) and slid a shot into the bottom left side of the goal.  Senior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) made it 2-0 six minutes later, collecting a loose ball right in front of the Panther goal and chipping it over the keeper's head. Corigliano tallied her second goal in the 37th minute, punching one from the left side into the far right corner after receiving a nice through-ball feed from Cipriano, making it a 3-0 game at the break.

            The Lyons pulled away in the second half on the strength of Amick's hat trick.  Her first goal came on a header in the 61st minute after a diagonal feed on a long free kick from junior Holly Santos (Fall River, Mass.). Then she converted a through-ball pass from freshman Mary McGinley (Madison, Conn.) five minutes later, slipping a shot under the reach of the keeper, and finished off her hat trick in the 79th minute, scoring on a tap-in after a nice cross by sophomore Shelby Benoit (Easthampton, Mass.).

            PSU continued to put up a strong fight.  After not getting a shot off in the first half, the Panthers managed seven shots in the second half.  Junior Cassie Graham (Foster, R.I.) had an excellent chance to score after she split the defense and walked in alone but was denied by the keeper.  Junior Shannon Snively (Fremont, N.H.) also had a good scoring chance after weaving through the Wheaton defense to get a shot off in the closing minutes.

            Panther keeper Hannah Kimball (Epping, N.H.) finished with six saves in a solid effort.  Wheaton used three different freshman keepers who combined on seven saves – none for starter Taylor Wilson (Bellingham, Mass.), five for Lauren Thacker (Brunswick, Maine) and two for Ali Hinton (Lafayette, Colo.)

            Wheaton plays another Little East Conference school on Wednesday when it hosts Keene State College in a non-conference match.  PSU wraps up its season Saturday with an LEC affair at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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