Snively's late goal lifts Panthers to Little East victory
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Shannon Snively (Fremont, N.H.) scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University edged Rhode Island College, 3-2, in a Little East Conference women's soccer match at the RIC Soccer Field.
The Panthers held a 2-0 lead in the first half, but saw RIC battle back to tie the game at 2-apiece in the 85th minute. But the with clock winding down, Snively took a pass from junior Danielle Ehrgott (Concord, N.H.) just outside the top right corner of the box, wheeled around a RIC defender and laced a shot over the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper and into the top left corner of the net.
The victory lifts the Panthers to 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the Little East, including a 3-1 mark in its last four games. Sophomore Gabrielle Turner (Smithfield, R.I.) netted a pair of goals for the Anchorwomen but RIC drops to 3-8-1 overall and 0-4 in the LEC.
Plymouth State dominated play in the first half and notched the first two scores of the game. The Panthers drew first blood in the 28th minute when senior Laura Davis (Pelham, N.Y.) chipped in junior Courtney Barker's (Yarmouth, Maine) corner kick from just outside the left post for her fifth goal of the season.
PSU added its second tally in the 41st minute when junior Kate Nixon (Wakefield, Mass.) found space in the left side of the box and sent a cross towards the net. Junior Emily Bell (Derry, N.H.) collected the pass and ripped a shot past the keeper for her third goal of the season.
The Anchorwomen managed to cut the deficit to just one heading into halftime when junior Danielle Peloquin (Pawtucket, R.I.) broke through the Panthers midfield unit and sprinted up the right sideline. Peloquin dished to Turner, who sidestepped a defender and blasted a shot from the top of the box into the top-right corner of the net.
The tables turned in the second half as RIC controlled possession throughout much of the frame. Following countless opportunities, RIC finally found the back of the net on a corner kick from freshman Jaclyn Greenman (Waterford, Conn.) that sailed towards the left post. After the ball ricocheted off of a Plymouth State defender and skipped around the box, Turner pounced on the loose ball and chipped a shot past the goalkeeper to make it 2-2.
However, the Panthers answered right back less than two minutes later with the game-winning goal by Snively.
Plymouth State outshot Rhode Island College 12-5 in the first half and held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks, thanks in part to a strong wind that aided the Panthers. After the two teams switched directions following the intermission, the Anchorwomen outshot the visitors, 15-7, in the second half with the wind at their backs and held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
PSU freshman goalkeeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) made nine saves in the win, while RIC junior goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, Mass.) stopped six shots in a losing effort.
PSU plays its next four games at home, beginning Wednesday with a non-conference game against Gordon College (5:00 p.m.). Rhode Island College will host Fitchburg State on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information)
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