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September 28, 2013

Southern Maine edges PSU Women’s Soccer

Panthers fall short in LEC match vs. Huskies

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) scored the only goal of the game in the 39th minute Saturday afternoon to lift the University of Southern Maine to a 1-0 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's soccer contest at Panther Field.

            Grant carried the ball into the box on the left side and beat the goalkeeper with a low shot to the right side for her first goal of the season.  That ended up as all of the scoring in the game as USM improved to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in the Little East, while PSU dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

            Plymouth State finished with a 17-7 advantage in shots, including a 13-2 margin in the second half.  Senior Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) stopped six shots for USM to post her second shutout of the season and the third for the Huskies.

            The visitors were looking for some insurance midway through the second half when Grant carried the ball downfield and split the Panther defense but her shot from the top of the box went wide right.

            PSU had two outstanding chances to score in the final 12 minutes. Senior Molly Todd (Epsom, N.H.) had a good shot with 11 minutes remaining but it just went over the cross bar, and junior Emily Bell (Derry, N.H.) bounced one off the cross bar from point blank range with seven minutes to play.

            It was a solid day in goal for PSU freshman keeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.), who finished with five saves in a tough-luck loss.

            Plymouth State wraps up its four-game home stand on Sunday, hosting Endicott College in a non-league match at 2:00 p.m.  Southern Maine plays a non-conference game Tuesday at Bowdoin.

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