Bissonnette provides highlights for Panthers
WENHAM, Mass. – A hat-trick from Hannah Midwinter (Barkhamsted, Conn.) spurred the Gordon College Fighting Scots to a dominant first half and eventual 7-1 victory Wednesday afternoon over the visiting Panthers of Plymouth State University in non-conference women's soccer action.
The Panthers could not slow down Gordon's offensive attack in the early going, falling behind 4-1 at halftime before the Fighting Scots added three tallies in the final half. PSU scored the first goal of the game, but Gordon rallied off seven straight goals to notch its third straight win and improve to 11-4-0 on the season. Plymouth State falls to 5-8-0 on the year.
PSU took an early lead when freshman Amber Bissonnette (Whitefield, N.H.) was able to steal a failed clear and streak down the middle of the field unguarded before being met by McKenzie Dion (North Grafton, Mass.) The Gordon keeper had no chance, as Bissonnette buried one into the twine on the left side of goal for the early 1-0 advantage in favor of Plymouth State. Bissonnette would later take over as Panther goalkeeper.
Taylor McSherry (Wolcott, Conn.) scored a nifty goal just inside the 18-yard box in the 10th minute after receiving a cross from Shelby Palafox (Lexington, Mass.). Midwinter's stretch of scoring began in the 17th minute when she stole the ball from the last defender and beat the keeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) in a one-on-one battle. The senior midfielder struck again in the 24th minute when she took the ball down the field herself and chipped it over the Panther keeper. Chandler Stier (Redlands, Calif.) made it 4-1 just before the break in the 43rd minute by poking in a Christina Martin (San Diego, Calif.) pass.
Gordon continued its scoring prowess after the halftime break when Midwinter completed her hat-trick in the 61st minute on a ball over the top by Jamie Breton (Concord, N.H.) Breton got ahold of a clear by Gordon's defense and put it out of reach of the Panthers defense, allowing Midwinter to run onto it for the score. Sophomore MC Aston provided the final two goals of the game for the Fighting Scots on perfectly placed chip shots. Aston had her first shot glance off the fingertips of replacement keeper Bissonnette from 30 yards out in the 72nd minute. She scored again with time dwindling down on a cross from the right touchline, putting the ball just under the crossbar for the seventh goal of the day.
Gordon concocted 35 shots on the afternoon to Plymouth State's three attempts, with 22 shots being on frame. The Panthers split keeper duties between Schmidt and Bissonnette, coming up with 15 saves in the process. Dion and Emmalee Sloman (Oneonta, N.Y.) combined goal-tending efforts for the Fighting Scots.
The Panthers return to Little East Conference action on Saturday when they travel to UMass Dartmouth for a 3 p.m. kick. The Fighting Scots are back on the road on Saturday when they matchup with Curry College at 11 a.m.
(Courtesy of Gordon Sports Information)
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