PSU Women’s Soccer shuts out UMaine Farmington in opener

PSU Women’s Soccer shuts out UMaine Farmington in opener

Lloyd leads Panthers with two goals and an assist 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's soccer team opened the 2017 season with an impressive win, posting a 5-0 victory over UMaine Farmington at Arold Field. The Panthers received two goals and an assist from freshman phenome Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.).

            The game started even through the first ten minutes, with both teams looking to find possession through the midfield. UMaine Farmington's defense would get caught early when a series of soft passes would get pressured by Lloyd. Plymouth took its first lead of the game when Lloyd found freshman Amy Luther (Westerly, R.I.) on a through ball to make it 1-0.

            Lloyd scored her first goal in a similar situation. After pressuring a back pass, she got inside the 18 and took Beaver's keeper Kiana Thompson (Industry, Maine) one-on-one. An easy tuck into the left side of the net would give Lloyd her first career goal.

            Lloyd's second goal came after freshman Keegan Burch (Nashua, N.H.) intercepted a pass near midfield and sent a through ball to a streaking Lloyd, who would outstep a pair of defenders and increase the PSU lead to 3-0.

            Plymouth continued to pound the attacking end in the second half, but a string of outstanding stops by Thompson in net would keep the game at a three-goal deficit. Sophomore Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass.) added an unassisted tally in the 57th minute and freshman Dehlia Wright (Newport, Vt.) closed the scoring in the 69th minute when she blasted a shot from just outside the 18 into the side netting.

            Junior keeper Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.) and freshman counterpart Molly Robinson (Millstone, N.J.) combined for the shutout victory, with Nault starting and earning the win.

            Plymouth State is back on the field on Saturday (Sept. 2) when the Panthers travel to Lyndon State College for a non-conference game (3:00 p.m.), before returning home to face Salem State on Wednesday (Sept. 6).



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