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PSU Women’s Soccer edges Castleton

Behan's goal lifts Panthers to non-conference win

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Julie Behan (Laconia, N.H.) scored the only goal of the game in the 13th minute Tuesday evening as Plymouth State University edged Castleton State College, 1-0, in non-conference women's soccer action at Panther Field.

            The Panthers held on for the one-goal victory despite being out-shot 15-6 in the game.  Freshman goalkeeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) made eight saves to post her second shutout of the season. PSU improves to 5-10 overall, including 4-3 in the month of October, while Castleton slides to 10-7 overall. The Spartans had defeated PSU last season, 5-0.

            Senior Laura Davis (Pelham, N.Y.) set up Behan's goal, sending a through-ball on the left side of the offensive box. Behan collected the ball and her left-footed shot caromed into the goal off the right post. It was Behan's first goal of the season and first since she scored two goals in 2009.

            PSU nearly score again a minute later but a shot from 30 yards out by junior Brittany Terra (Bristol, R.I.) was tipped by the goalkeeper and bounced off the cross bar.  Castleton out-shot the home team 8-3 in the first half but trailed, 1-0.

            The Spartans managed seven more shots in the second half but couldn't get one past Schmidt.  The Panthers had solid defense from senior Rene Lepore (Hingham, Mass.), junior Courtney Barker (Yarmouth, Maine), and sophomores Casey Chabot (Waterford, Conn.) and Meghan Catania (Billerica, Mass.) to give PSU its third clean sheet of the season.

            Freshman Jessica Binkowski (Goshen, Conn.) finished with two saves in the Spartans goal.  Sophomore Mallory Costello (Vernon, N.J.) topped the visitors with five shots.

            PSU plays its final home game of the season this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Panther Field against Little East Conference foe University of Massachusetts Boston.  Castleton plays North Atlantic Conference games Saturday at Thomas College and Sunday at UMaine Farmington. 

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