Lloyd's huge game leads to non-conference victory
NEW LONDON, N.H. – Freshman Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) posted two goals and an assist to lead the Plymouth State University women's soccer team past Colby-Sawyer College, 3-2, in a non-conference match at Kelsey Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Panthers, who improved to 4-5 on the season, stopped a streak of six straight wins by the Chargers. CSC now sits at 7-2 on the year.
The Chargers scored the lone goal of the first half in the 34th minute. Junior Morgan Keene (Barre, Vt.) used her body to direct a cross from classmate Hannah Fields (Shapleigh, Maine) into the back of the net for her second tally of the season.
Plymouth State had a great chance to get the equalizer with four minutes to go in the first half when Lloyd broke away from the Colby-Sawyer defenders for a one-on-one with the goalie. Lloyd tried a low shot to her left, but was denied by a sprawling Marissa Williams (Mattapoisett, Mass.) to keep the Chargers in front 1-0 at the half.
The Panthers knotted the game less than 10 minutes into the second stanza when Lloyd sent a cross into the box that was volleyed into the corner of the net by sophomore Amy Luther (Westerly, R.I.). It was the midfielders second goal of the year.
Colby-Sawyer regained the lead 12 minutes later on a similar play to Plymouth State's first goal. Fields sent a pass to sophomore Molly MacLure (Westford, Mass.), who struck the airborne ball into the upper left side of the goal.
The one goal advantage was short-lived, though, as Lloyd tied the contest just five minutes later. Sophomore Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass.) sent a cross towards the box that was deflected by teammate Sabrina Sweeney (Raymond, N.H.) to the foot of Lloyd, who finished for her first goal of the game.
The Chargers though they had taken the lead a couple of minutes later when Keene sent a bending ball towards the goal from a tough angle, but the shot caromed off the far post.
Lloyd gave PSU its first lead of the contest in the 82nd minute with her team-leading eighth tally of the year. After a failed clear attempt, Lloyd launched a shot from 18 yards that snuck in under the crossbar for the eventual game-winner.
Plymouth State goalkeeper Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.) evened her record at 2-2. The junior made six saves in the win, while Williams finished with five stops for Colby-Sawyer.
The Chargers held advantages in total shots (21-14) and corner kicks (9-3). Each team had eight shots on target.
Both teams are back in league action on Saturday. The Panthers will host Little East Conference rival Keene State at 1:30 p.m. on Arold Field, while the Chargers travel to Vermont for a 1:00 p.m. North Atlantic Conference (NAC) match-up with Lyndon State College.
** With contributions from Colby-Sawyer Sports Information**
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