Two second-half goals send Panthers to defeat
BEVERLY, Mass. – Endicott College scored the only two goals of the game two minutes apart midway through the second half Monday afternoon and posted a 2-0 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference women's soccer match at Endicott Stadium.
Casey Mellen (Litchfield, N.H.) had a hand in both goals for the Gulls. She scored the first at 60:26 with an assist from Paige Marinelli (Burlington, Conn.) and assisted on a goal by Shelby McLenithan (Bennington, Vt.) at 62:35. Those were the only two goals of the game despite Endicott firing 26 shots at the Panther goal.
It was another busy day for PSU sophomore keeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.), who was impressive with a 15-save performance.
The Endicott defense stifled the Panthers attack, holding the visitors to just three total shots in the match, with just one shot on goal. PSU's best opportunity to score came in the 36th minute when Hannah Kallis (Sanford, Maine) was able to run under a long pass. Kallis, being challenged from the Endicott defender, played her first touch a bit long, allowing Endicott keeper Katie Donnelly (Madison, Conn.) a window to sprint out and close on Kallis. The Plymouth forward was only able to get a light shot on as a sprawling Donnelly knocked it away from danger.
Endicott moves to 5-2-3 and extends its unbeaten streak to five (3-0-2). The Gulls now have four days to prepare for CCC/North Shore rival Gordon on Saturday at noon. Plymouth State falls to 2-5-0 on the season and has a quick turnaround as they play host to Lyndon State on Wednesday at The New Hampton School (7:00 p.m.)
(With contributions from Endicott Sports Information)
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