Panthers fall in overtime for second straight game
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – After dominating possession for the majority of regulation, the Plymouth State University women's soccer team suffered its second straight overtime loss, falling 2-1, to non-conference opponent Southern Vermont College at Arold Field on Wednesday night.
Junior captain Kate Martin (Westmoreland, N.H.) was the lone goal scorer for the Panthers.
Plymouth State (2-2-0) dominated the ball during the first half. The Panthers rattled off 13 shots while not allowing a single SVC shot in the opening 45 minutes. PSU had a number of scoring opportunities, but came up empty – including two shots that rang the crossbar.
The Mountaineers (2-3-0) kicked their play into a higher gear at the start of the second half. Just two minutes in SVC took advantage of a free kick from within 25 yards. Ally McNamee (Freehold, N.J.) found the back of the net to put the visitors up 1-0.
PSU regrouped to regain control of the midfield and the Panthers had four more shots before getting the equalizer. Freshman Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) fired a corner kick into the box and Martin's header evened the score at 1-1.
The Plymouth offense continued to attack and the Panthers had three more shots find the crossbar, but they were unable to take the lead.
Just five minutes into overtime, Releigh Griffiths (Milford, N.Y.) ended the match when a ball crossed into the 18-yard box was deflected and found the back of the net.
"When it comes down to it, you have to capitalize on the opportunities that are presented," said head coach Ryan Joy. "I'm happy with how the team performed, but we had opportunities that we couldn't make the most of."
PSU finished with 23 total shots, compared to four for SVC. Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made 10 saves in goal for the Mountaineers, while junior Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.) dropped her first game of the season making two saves.
Plymouth State remains at home and will take on UMass Dartmouth in the first Little East Conference match of the year on Saturday. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.
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