Panthers fall short in non-conference game vs. Gulls
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Endicott College played outstanding defense and scored one goal in each half Sunday afternoon, defeating Plymouth State University, 2-0, in a non-conference women's soccer match at Panther Field.
The Gulls took 24 shots in the contest but scored only two goals. PSU freshman keeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) had a strong afternoon and finished with 13 saves to keep the Panthers within striking distance. Endicott improves to 7-3-1 overall while PSU dips to 1-7.
PSU managed just a pair of second-half shots against the tenacious Endicott defense, which was backboned by juniors Clare Mansfield (Stoneham, Mass.) and Ally George (Stratham, N.H.), senior Sarah Person (Holden, Mass.) and sophomore Katherine Chipman (Brunswick, Maine). They helped junior keeper Katie Donnelly (Madison, Conn.) post her second shutout of the season.
Sophomore Ashley Mueskes (Georgetown, Mass.) scored the first Endicott goal in the 27th minute of the first half, her first of the season. Schmidt broke up an Endicott cross nicely for PSU with a punch out but the ball ended up at the feet of Mueskes, and she blasted a ball into the upper left part of the net. Freshman Shelby McLenithan (Bennington, Vt.) had two good chances for Endicott late in the first half but her first shot went wide right and Schmidt made a diving stop on her second attempt.
Schmidt made another point-blank range save on Endicott freshman Jessica Joseph (Bedford, N.H.) seven minutes into the second half. The Gulls went up by two goals with 18 minutes to play when freshman Mackenzie Gaudet (Concord, N.H.) made a nifty move around a Panther defender and the beat the keeper to the lower left part of the goal for her third of the season.
PSU made some nice passing in the midfield but struggled against the Gulls defense. Senior Julie Behan (Laconia, N.H.) and freshman Emily Crawford (Wolfeboro, N.H.) got shots off for the Panthers in the second half but both went wide of the goal.
Plymouth State will be on the road Wednesday with a trip to Lyndon State College for a 3:30 p.m. match-up. Endicott plays a Commonwealth Coast Conference game Saturday at Western New England University (4:30 p.m.)
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