Burch, Martin and Holmes all score for the Panthers
NASHUA, N.H. – On a rain soaked night the Plymouth State University women's soccer team shutout Rivier University, 3-0, in non-conference play at Raider Field Wednesday night improving to 7-8-0 overall.
The Panthers came out quickly getting off six shots in the opening 15 minutes of play. Leading the way was freshman forward Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) with her three shots in the first half but Plymouth State was unable to get on the board. Rivier senior goalkeeper Lauren Goodspeed (Merrimack, N.H.) was kept busy, having to come up with five saves in the first 45 minutes.
In the 60th minute Plymouth State capitalized on its offensive chances when sophomore midfielder Keegan Burch (Nashua, N.H.) found the back of the net off a feed from classmate Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass.) for her second goal of the season.
Eight minutes later junior captain Kate Martin (Westmoreland, N.H.) tallied her third goal of the year coming from Lloyd's seventh assist.
Senior defender Kat Holmes (Newmarket, N.H.) capped off the Panthers scoring in the 88th minute for her second tally of the season.
Rivier struggled to get the offense going in the match, failing to get a shot off in the first half of play. The Raiders were able to find pressure on freshman goalkeeper Jenna Parsons (Windham, N.H.) by getting a pair of shots on net by freshman Madison Sharpe (Raymond, N.H.) and junior Nicole Godschall (Hudson, N.H.) in the 69th and 88th minutes, respectfully.
Parsons picked up the win for the Panthers, improving to 3-1-0 and earning the first shutout of her career. Goodspeed falls to 1-10-1 with the loss and the Raiders finish their regular season at 1-12-1.
Plymouth State will look to earn a berth in the Little East Conference Tournament in its regular season finale against Rhode Island College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). The winner is guaranteed a spot in the six-team tournament.
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