Panthers just miss out on LEC playoffs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With the winner assured of a playoff spot in next week's Little East Conference (LEC) Women's Soccer Tournament, Rhode Island College was able to hold off Plymouth State University, 2-0, at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.
Plymouth State ends the season with a 7-9-0 overall record and a 1-6-0 mark in LEC play, while RIC (5-11-1, 2-4-1 LEC) earns the #5 seed in the LEC Tournament. The Anchorwomen will travel to #4 UMass Boston on Tuesday (Oct. 31).
The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute of the regular season finale when senior Stephanie Ricci (Smithfield, R.I.) blasted a free kick from 30-yards after the Panthers were whistled for a foul.
PSU battled back over the next five minutes, earning a pair of corner kicks, but the Panthers were unable to put a shot on net and RIC carried the one-goal lead into the halftime break.
With the season on the line, the PSU offense continued to push for the equalizer, but sophomore goalkeeper Erica Edwards (North Kingstown, R.I.) kept the Panthers off the scoreboard. The 5-6 goalie made six saves, and needed a little bit of luck, to hold PSU at bay. Senior Kat Holmes (Newmarket, N.H.) nearly tied the game in the 78th minute, but her shot found the post and Edwards made a stop as junior Kate Martin (Westmoreland, N.H.) attempted to score on the rebound.
Junior Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, R.I.) gave RIC some insurance with her team-high ninth goal of the year in the 83rd minute.
PSU fired 11 shots in the second half, and held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks on the afternoon. Freshman goalkeeper Jenna Parsons (Windham, N.H.) made three stops for the Panthers, but fell to 2-2-0 on the year. Edwards ended with seven saves while improving to 2-9-1.
Freshman Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) sees her magical rookie season come to a close. The 5-4 striker finished with 12 goals, seven assists and 31 points, all among the top 11 season bests in program history. Sophomore Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass.) finished second in goals (four) and assists (11), while sophomore Keegan Burch (Nashua, N.H.) and Martin both finished with eight points.
Junior Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.) led a trio of goalkeepers with a 1.58 goals against average and .806 save percentage.
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