Four second-half goals lift Spartans over Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Mallory Costello (Vernon, N.J.) scored two goals and junior Nicole Wershoven (Southington, Conn.) collected three assists Wednesday afternoon as Castleton University defeated Plymouth State University, 4-0, in non-conference women's soccer action at Arold Field.
The game was scoreless at the half, but the Spartans put three goals on the board in a span of less than seven minutes early in the second half to take control of the game. A late goal in the final minute rounded out the scoring as Castleton won its fourth in a row to wrap up the regular season with a 12-7 overall record.
PSU managed to get seven shots off but couldn't get any past the two Spartan keepers, and the Panthers had a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) stopped and fell back to the .500 mark at 7-7-1.
All three of Wershoven's assists came on crossing passes from the right end line. She fed junior Shelby McLenithan (Bennington, Vt.) in front for the first Spartan goal in the 54th minute, and set up Costello on similar plays in the 55th and 61st minutes. Costello leads the North Atlantic Conference with 19 goals, and she moved into second place on the school's career scoring list with 178 points.
Senior Jess Phillips (Drewsville, N.H.) tacked on her second goal of the season with 39 seconds remaining on a direct kick from 30 yards out that found the back of the left side of the net.
Junior Jessica Binkowski (Goshen, Conn.) and sophomore Kasie Wilk (Rutland, Vt.) split the shutout for the Spartans, Binkowski making three saves in 66 minutes and Wilk stopping two shots in the final 24 minutes. PSU also used two keepers, with junior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) making eight saves in 63 minutes and freshman reserve Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.) playing the final 27 minutes.
Plymouth State wraps up the regular season this Saturday on Senior Day at Arold Field as the Panthers host the University of Massachusetts Boston at 2:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference match-up. Castleton is the top seed in the NAC Tournament and will host a semifinal game next Tuesday at Spartan Stadium.
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