Martin and Bell lead Panthers to first Little East win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Kate Martin (Keene, N.H.) and senior Emily Bell (Derry, N.H.) scored two goals each Saturday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 4-2 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference women's soccer game at Arold Field.
With the win, Plymouth State breaks up a two-game losing streak and improves to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the Little East. Southern Maine drops its third straight to fall to 3-6 overall and 0-3 in the LEC.
PSU led 1-0 in the 10th minute as Martin registered her first goal of the game on an assist from Bell. The score stood at 1-0 until the 23rd minute when Husky freshman Sarah Michaud (Candia, N.H.) scored her second goal of the season with an unassisted tally for a 1-1 game. The tie was short-lived, however, as Bell answered the call for the Panthers moments later to put her team back up a goal, 2-1, just eight seconds later. PSU took the 2-1 lead into the half.
Southern Maine rallied to tie the game yet again in the second half. This time sophomore Jessica Preble (Milo, Maine) recorded an unassisted goal, scoring her first goal of the season in the 52nd minute. The score remained tied for four minutes this time before Martin finished an assist from junior Cassie Lacroix (Candia, N.H.) for her third goal of the season and second of the game in the 56th minute. Bell sealed the win for PSU in the 74th minute with her second goal of the game.
PSU goalkeeper junior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) earned the win playing 80:32. She allowed two goals and did not register a save. Freshman Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.) finished the final 9:28 making one save. USM senior Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) made six saves in the loss.
Southern Maine hosts UMaine Farmington on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) in its Faculty and Staff Appreciation Game. Plymouth State travels to Colby-Sawyer in a non-conference game on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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