Late goals lifts Vikings over Panthers
SALEM, Mass. – Junior Amy Griffith (Middleton, Mass.) broke a scoreless tie in the 84th minute Tuesday night to help the Vikings of Salem State University capture a 1-0 victory over the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers at Alumni Field.
The win keeps the Vikings unbeaten on the year with a 2-0-1 record while the Panthers even their record at 1-1.
Griffith beat Panthers goalie Annaliese Schmidt (Billerica, Mass,) on her right side as she put home a feed from Kaitlyn Curley (Wilmington, Mass.) from two yards out. Schmidt kept the Panthers in the game all evening, finished with 11 saves.
The Vikings dominated possession throughout the game, holding a 10-2 advantage in shots in both halves, but missed opportunities kept the game tied at 0-0.
In the first half Griffith had an early opportunity in front of the net for the Vikings, but Schmidt was in perfect position to make the save. Later, Salem State's Allison Celia (Hopkinton, Mass.) blasted a shot just over the net, and later connected off the crossbar. Sara Previte (Beverly, Mass.) also a good scoring chance, but her shot went high and the half ended in a 0-0 tie.
Sophomore Emily Crawford (Albuquerque, N.M.) had the best scoring chance for the Panthers in the opening minutes of the second half, but despite her close-range opportunity she could not put the ball in the back of the net.
Salem State opened up on the offensive end, peppering the Panthers' goal with multiple scoring chances. Celia Cresta-Devine (Saugus, Mass.) had a breakaway for the Vikings, and Leah Wood (Loveland, Ohio) had a shot that was about to sneak in under the crossbar, but Schmidt made two outstanding saves to keep the game tied until Griffith finally broke the stalemate.
Plymouth State will host Bridgewater State Saturday evening at The New Hampton School at 7:00 p.m. Salem State's next game is at Wheaton College Saturday at 2:00 PM.
(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information)
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