Lloyd's hat trick not quite enough in non-conference loss to Vikings
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Salem State University scored three goals in the final 25 minutes to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat Plymouth State University, 4-3, in a non-conference women's soccer game at Arold Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Plymouth State freshman striker Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) recorded her first career hat trick while displaying her athleticism, but the Vikings tallied a pair of late goals to earn the win.
With the loss the Panthers slip to 6-7-0, while Salem State ups its record to 8-5-1.
Salem State got on the board first in the 25th minute, when sophomore Casey McFall (Wilmington, Mass.) carried the ball up the left side and into the box. Her cross got around the PSU goalkeeper and found the foot of classmate Katie Brown (Milford, Mass.), who buried the ball into the open net. It was Brown's third of the year.
It didn't take long for the Panthers to answer. Quick pressure earned PSU a corner and in the same minute Lloyd bent a ball from the left side off the back post and into the net to even the game. It was just the beginning for the team's leading scorer.
The game remained tied, with each team narrowly missing additional scoring opportunities. The Vikings fired multiple shots over the next five minutes, with PSU freshman goalkeeper Molly Robinson (Millstone, N.J.) making a pair of saves, while watching one shot go wide. In the 33rd minute the Panthers nearly scored off another corner inserted by Lloyd. A shot from freshman Dehlia Wright (Newport, Vt.) went off the crossbar, and senior Sophie Brisere (Stockholm, Sweden) had her attempt go wide.
Lloyd put the Panthers on top in the 58th minute. With her back to the goal, the 5-4 striker turned and fired a shot from 20-yards out to the top right corner. Less than four minutes later she collected a through ball, outran the defense, and beat junior goalie Amanda Backe (Danvers, Mass.) one-on-one low to the left side and the Panthers claimed a 3-1 lead.
Salem got one back in the 67th minute. Freshman Emily Boyle (Manchester, N.H.) had her corner kick from the right side deflect off the nearside post. The ball ended up back on Boyle's foot at the corner of the 18-yard box and freshman Taylor Capozzi (Lynn, Mass.) redirected her cross past junior Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.), who had replaced Robinson in net for the second half.
With just over six minutes to play the Vikings knotted the score at 3-3. A Panther foul just outside the box gave Salem State a free kick directly in front of the PSU goal. Boyle kept the ball low past the Panther wall and just out of the reach of Nault into the right corner. It was Boyle's team-best seventh goal of the year.
Four minutes later Brown struck again. Nault made a diving save on McFall's initial shot, but the rebound found the foot of Brown who calmly planted it into the net to complete the comeback.
Robinson made four saves in the first half for PSU, while Nault took the loss to fall to 4-3-0. Backe, who made three saves, was removed after Lloyd's third goal. Her replacement, freshman Rebecca Sabino (Peabody, Mass.), didn't face a shot on goal in the final 28:41 to earn the win, improving to 3-1-0.
Lloyd's hat trick gives her a team-high 12 goals on the season.
The Panthers are back in action on Saturday when they travel to #24 Western Connecticut State for a 12:00 p.m. Little East Conference game. Salem State is also in league action on Saturday. The Vikings will travel to MCLA for a 1:00 p.m. MASCAC contest.
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