Lloyd, Toman score to lead Panthers to victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's soccer team scored two early goals in the first half of Wednesday's non-conference matchup against Castleton University, then held on for a 2-1 victory over the visiting Castleton University Spartans.
After an early one-on-one opportunity for the Spartans in the first five minutes of action, Plymouth dominated possession through the midfield in the first half. Just 17 minutes into play, freshman Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) challenged a back pass and found herself alone with the keeper. The rookie slipped the ball to the right of the keeper to notch her fifth goal of the season.
After a stoppage of play at the 23rd minute due to extreme heat conditions, play resumed and Castleton took the upper hand. Two of the four Spartans shots in the first half came in the last 15 minutes, but PSU freshman keeper Jenna Parsons (Windham, N.H.) kept the visiting team at bay.
With just nine minutes before the half, Plymouth took a 2-0 advantage courtesy of sophomore Megan Toman's (Killingworth, Conn.) second career goal. Sophomore Keegan Burch (Nashua, N.H.) sent a perfect float pass that found the left foot of Toman to double the hosts' lead.
Castleton cut into the deficit in the 61st minute when freshman Rylee Nichols (North Clarendon, Vt.) scored an unassisted goal. Both teams had additional scoring opportunities as the action went back-and-forth through the back part of regulation, but neither was able to find the back of the net.
PSU finished with 13 total shots to Castleton's eight, and took five corners to the visitors' two. Parsons picked up her first career win to improve to 1-1, making three saves on the day.
Plymouth State is back in league play on Saturday. The Panthers travel to Eastern Connecticut State for a 1:00 p.m. match with the Warriors.
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