PSU Women’s Soccer downs Western New England in opener

PSU Women’s Soccer downs Western New England in opener

Panthers post win in debut of head coach Ryan Joy

            PYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore goalkeeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) made seven saves Saturday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University women's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Western New England University in the Panthers' season opener on Currier Field.

            PSU got goals from three different players, as freshman Ashley Brenner (Londonderry, N.H./Trinity) potted a first-half marker and sophomores Hannah Kallis (Sanford, Maine) and Emily Crawford (Wolfeboro, N.H.) added two more after the break. The outcome marks the first collegiate coaching victory for new Panther head coach Ryan Joy as PSU starts the season at 1-0 while WNE is now 1-3.

            Plymouth State needed just 10 minutes to get on the first-half scoreboard. Senior Emily Bell (Derry, N.H.) served a corner kick into the box, and classmate Courtney Barker (Yarmouth, Maine) knocked the ball to Brenner who blasted a shot into the roof of the goal for her first career score. WNE had a 5-3 advantage in shots but PSU scored the only goal.

            Kallis pushed the Panther lead to 2-0 seven minutes into the second half, converting a long pass from junior Meghan Catania (Billerica, Mass.) for her first of the season.  Crawford rounded out the scoring with 11:20 remaining, intercepting a Golden Bear clearing pass and going in alone, sliding a shot underneath the keeper.

            WNE's best chance to score came with 2:30 left in the first half but Schmidt made a save from point-blank range on freshman Danielle Dixon (Plainville, Conn.)

            PSU returns to action Tuesday with its first road game of the year at Salem State University (6:00 p.m.) while WNE plays its home opener Tuesday against Springfield College (4:00 p.m.)

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