Panthers to meet Warriors in rematch Tuesday in LEC playoffs
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Freshman Emily Becher (Brooklyn, Conn.) scored her 14th and 15th goals of the season and junior Rachel Skelton (East Lyme, Conn.) posted her third straight shutout Saturday afternoon as Eastern Connecticut State University posted its seventh straight win – a 2-0 Little East Conference decision over Plymouth State University in the regular season finale for both schools at the New Hampton School.
Becher scored both Eastern (12-5-1, 5-2-0 LEC) goals – her third game of two goals in the last four and fifth overall – and Skelton made three saves to extend her streak of scoreless minutes to 338 minutes, 46 seconds.
Third-seeded Eastern and sixth-seeded Plymouth (5-12-0, 2-5-0 LEC) square off again Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the opening round of the LEC playoffs at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. A four-time Little East playoff champion, Eastern faces Plymouth for the first time in the 16-year history of the conference playoffs. Eastern holds a 16-12 series lead over Plymouth. The Warriors had a 14-game winning streak against Plymouth snapped last year, 1-0, by the visiting Panthers.
Becher, who has scored five of the team's six goals in its recent streak of three straight 2-0 triumphs, moved ahead of Jen Ferrari into second place all-time for goals by a rookie in a season six minutes before the half, then added her 15th of the season (eighth in the last five matches) two minutes into the second half on an assist from senior midfielder Taylor Shannon (Waterford). The shutout was the seventh of the season for the Eastern defense.
The Warriors outshot the Panthers, 19-5, forcing sophomore keeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) to make 10 saves.
(Courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Sports Information)
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