Lloyd scores again for Panthers in LEC setback
MANSFIELD, Conn. – The Plymouth State University women's soccer team fell to Little East Conference (LEC) rival Eastern Connecticut State University, 2-1, at the Mansfield Turf Field on Saturday.
The Panthers scored the first goal of the match but a pair of second half goals by the Warriors secured the victory for the home team. With the loss, Plymouth State falls 3-5-0 overall (0-3-0 LEC), while ECSU improves to 5-4-2 overall and remains unbeaten (3-0-0) in conference play.
Freshman Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) converted the Panthers' first shot in the eighth minute to give PSU an early lead. Lloyd, who leads the team with six goals on the year, retrieved a loose ball after freshman teammate Diana Whittier (Sutton, Mass.) separated the ball from Eastern Connecticut sophomore Linnea Reich with a jarring hit off an ECSU throw-in. Taking control near midfield, Lloyd's speed left three Warriors' defenders in her wake. She cut inside the box slid a low shot inside the left post.
PSU held the lead through the half, but a pair of late goals by the Warriors gave the home team a 2-1 advantage. Eastern Connecticut's Aly Clarke and Maggie Bodington scored eight minutes apart. Clarke netted a 30-yard strike with 18 minutes remaining and Bodington scored the game-winner on a pass from Kayle Pratt with ten minutes to go.
The Panthers are off until Wednesday when they travel to in-state rival Colby-Sawyer College for a non-conference tilt. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
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