Panthers unbeaten through six games with five shutouts
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University women's soccer players were recognized by the Little East Conference Monday, receiving weekly honors after the Panthers extended their unbeaten streak to six games to open the season.
Graduate Student Leah Swanson (Atkinson, N.H./Timberlane) was named LEC Defensive Player of the Week; senior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) was tabbed the LEC Goalkeeper of the Week; and freshman Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass.) is the LEC Rookie of the Week. They were key players as PSU extended its shutout streak to five games with a 5-0 win over Norwich University and its unbeaten streak to six with a 2-1 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston in the LEC opener.
A 5-5 defender, Swanson anchored a PSU defense that allowed just one goal for the week and also scored one goal in each game. She helped the Panthers limit Norwich to six shots, with Swanson also scoring PSU's fourth goal. Swanson then backboned the Panther defense in the win over UMB, and tallied the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute.
A 5-9 keeper, Schmidt made 13 saves (.929 save percentage) and allowed just one goal in the 2-0 week. She made five saves against Norwich for her fifth straight shutout, and made an additional eight saves in the LEC victory over UMass Boston. The goal she allowed to the Beacons was her first goal against in six games this season. Schmidt leads the conference and ranks 13th nationally in both goals against average (0.16) and save percentage (.968).
A 5-3 defender, Catania helped the PSU defense surrender just one goal in a pair of games and also scored a goal. She helped the Panther limit Norwich to just six shots in the whitewash, and held UMB to 15 shots and one goal, the first goal the Panthers have allowed this season. Catania tied the game against the Beacons at 1-1 with her first career goal late in the first half.
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