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October 8, 2013

PSU Women’s Soccer edges Salem State in overtime

Davis' goal wins non-conference game for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Laura Davis (Pelham, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal on a free kick four minutes into overtime Tuesday evening as Plymouth State University edged Salem State University, 3-2, in non-conference women's soccer action at Panther Field.

            The Panthers were awarded the free kick just outside the box midway through the first overtime, and Davis fired the ball over the defensive wall, off the underside of the cross bar and into the goal for the game-winner.  It was her fourth goal of the season, helping the Panthers improve to 3-8 on the year.

            Salem State overcame a two-goal deficit, scoring a pair of goals midway through the second half to force the overtime. The Vikings outshot the Panthers 16-10 in the game, including 14-6 in the second half, but drop to 4-4-1 on the season.

            The teams combined for just five shots in a defensive-minded first half, three by the home team.  PSU scored the only goal of the half at the 23:58 mark, as junior Emily Bell (Derry, N.H.) worked a give-and-go play on the left side with senior Julie Behan (Laconia, N.H.); Behan's return pass sprung Bell past the Viking defense, and Bell chipped the ball over the keeper into the right corner of the goal for her second of the season.

            Salem State nearly tied the game three minutes into the second half when sophomore Amy Griffith (Middleton, Mass.) sent junior Cecelia Cresta-Devine (Saugus, Mass.) past the PSU defense with a lead pass, but Cresta-Devine's shot went high.

            PSU extended its lead in the 52nd minute on a corner kick.  Senior Shannon Snively (Fremont, N.H.) fired a low liner into the goal area, and the keeper's attempt to swat the ball away knocked the ball into the goal, giving PSU a 2-0 advantage.

            The Vikings started their comeback in the 60th minute when Griffith fed sophomore Leah Wood with a lead pass behind the PSU defense, and Wood slid the ball past the keeper from right next to the right goal post; the ball snuck inside the left post for Wood's third of the season. Wood nearly tied the game six minutes later after receiving a through-ball from senior Sheena Regan (Chesapeake, Va.) but her shot went wide right.

            Junior Katelyn Krish (Rockland, Mass.) scored the equalizer for Salem State with 14 minutes remaining in regulation on a beautiful free kick from about 30 yards out that sailed over the goalie's reach just under the cross bar.

            Both teams had scoring opportunities in the final 10 minutes.  PSU junior Kate Nixon (Wakefield, Mass.) found herself alone in the box with the ball with 10 minutes remaining but her shot went over the goal.  Bell took a shot from about 25 yards out a minute later that went past the keeper but bounced off the left goal post, and Nixon had another chance with a minute remaining but another shot went over the cross bar.

            Freshman Victoria Clancy (Dorchester, Mass.) bounced one off the cross bar for Salem State with five minutes remaining, and Cresta-Devine's attempt on the rebound was stopped by a diving goalkeeper.

            Freshman keeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) earned the victory for PSU, making eight saves, while freshman Brianna Raymond (Chelmsford, Mass.) made three saves in the Viking goal.

            Plymouth State returns to Little East Conference action Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. contest at Rhode Island College.  Salem State returns home to host Gordon College Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

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