Panthers to host Keene State in home opener on Saturday
NEW LONDON, N.H. – Junior Michelle Upham (Chelsea, Vt.) recorded a hat trick Tuesday afternoon to help lift the Colby-Sawyer College women's soccer team to a 6-0 win over Plymouth State University at Kelsey Field.
The Chargers improve to 6-1, while Plymouth State drops to 1-3. The Panthers hold an all-time record of 17-5-1 over the Chargers, but Colby-Sawyer has won the last three meetings.
Sophomore Tallon Tomasi (Williston, Vt.) put the home team on top 1-0 in the 19th minute after gathering a loose ball in front of the net, scoring into the right corner. The goal was her third of the season. Colby-Sawyer went in front 2-0 five minutes later when senior Marion James (Willsboro, N.Y.) found the foot of senior Adrienne Bender (Wakefield, R.I.) with a perfect thru ball. Bender did the rest beating the diving keeper for her fourth tally of the season.
Upham sent the Chargers into the half with a 3-0 lead with her first goal of the game in the 37th minute. Freshman Rachel Quaye (Westminster, Mass.) sent a cross to the left corner of the six-yard box where Upham was waiting. Upham calmly scored into the left corner of the net.
James scored Colby-Sawyer's fourth goal on a header at 50:33. Sophomore Morgan Ekstrom (Wolfeboro, N.H.) sent a cross from the right side to the front of the goal mouth where James out-jumped her defender to score the header. Upham scored her second and third goals of the game at 77:47 and 89:09, respectively. Both goals were set up by long passes from senior Stephanie Huntley (Woodbury, Conn.). Upham now has a team-high five goals this season.
Senior Laura Davis (Pelham, N.Y.) led the Panthers with five shots.
Sophomore Karley Hamilton (Bradford, Vt.) made five saves en route to her fifth shutout of the season. Panther keeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) had eight stops in the loss.
The Chargers begin a four-game road trip on Sunday at Curry. Plymouth State plays its home opener after four straight road games, hosting Keene State on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information)
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