Panthers suffer third straight overtime defeat
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – In its first Little East Conference (LEC) matchup of the year, the Plymouth State University women's soccer team fell at home, 1-0, to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Plymouth State, now 2-3-0 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play, has lost three straight games in overtime.
Junior goalkeeper Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.) was stuck with the hard-luck loss, falling to 1-2 on the season.
The Panthers rifled just one shot on net in the first half, but put six shots on goal in the second half, coming away empty each time. UMD tallied nine shots in regulation, with Nault stopping all seven that were on net.
Each team had a scoring opportunity in the overtime period. Less than three minutes into the extra frame Corsairs goalie Madison Boucher stopped a shot from sophomore Keegan Burch (Nashua, N.H.). In the 95th minute, UMD's Alexis Pacheco got upfield in a one-on-one opportunity and was able to beat a PSU defender at the 18-yard line and chip a shot over the outstretched left hand of Nault, just below the crossbar, to end the game.
"Since I've been here, I don't know if there was ever a time where we could compete and walk off the field against UMass Dartmouth knowing we can outplay them and come away with a loss," said head coach Ryan Joy. "Despite what that says about us and the excitement this team brings, they put the ball in the net and we didn't. That's the goal, and we couldn't do that today."
Plymouth State will have the week off before facing UMass Boston in its Homecoming game next Saturday (Sept. 23). Game time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
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