Lloyd's game-winner gives Panthers best start since 2004
BRISTOL, R.I. – Sophomore Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) dribbled past multiple defenders before firing a shot to the far post in the 56th minute to give the Plymouth State University women's soccer team a 1-0 win over Roger Williams University in a non-conference game at Bayside Field on Saturday afternoon.
Lloyd's strike, her fifth of the season through just three games, helped lift the Panthers to a perfect 3-0, matching the program's best start since 2004. PSU's three straight wins without allowing a goal is the longest such streak to open a season since the 1993 team started 4-0 with four straight shutouts. RWU drops to 1-3 on the year.
Plymouth State 1, Roger Williams 0
Plymouth State 3-0
Roger Williams 1-3
How it Happened:
* PSU immediately pressured the Roger Williams defense, firing five shots in the opening eight minutes. Freshman Taylor Siewierski (Colebrook, N.H.) had her shot hit the crossbar and RWU freshman goalkeeper Brooke Hathaway (Riverton, Utah) made a pair of stops to keep the game scoreless.
* The Hawks gained momentum midway through the first half earning four corners in a six minute stretch, but the home team was unable to put one past freshman goalie Cat Robbins (Franklin, Mass.).
* Robbins made multiple stops early in the second half to keep RWU off the scoreboard and Lloyd finally broke through in the 56th minute. The sophomore took the ball across the field, left to right, dribbling through multiple defenders, before shooting back across the goal and past Hathaway.
* Roger Williams, scrambling for a game-tying goal, put on sustained pressure over the last five minutes. The Hawks had a pair of corners and a shot that went wide, before Robbins sealed the win with one final save in the game's closing seconds.
Inside the Numbers:
* Robbins made eight stops for the Panthers to improve her record to 2-0.
* Hathaway made four saves over the first 65:42 for the Hawks, before freshman Morgan Strassburg (Longmeadow, Mass.) relieved her for the final 24:18. Strassburg did not face a shot on goal.
* RWU held a 20-13 edge in shots and a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.
* Lloyd now has 17 goals through her first 19 career games, including four game winners.
* While the 1993 team opened the season with four straight shutout wins, the 2016 team went five straight games, and six-of-seven, without allowing a goal, posting a 5-0-2 mark during the stretch.
* This was the first meeting between the two programs.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Today was a full team effort," said head coach Ryan Joy. "Everyone who played did exactly what they needed to do."
* PSU continues its three-game road trip with a visit to Southern Vermont College on Tuesday (Sept. 11), with kickoff set for 4:00 p.m.
* RWU is right back on the field on Sunday (Sept. 9) with an 11:00 a.m. contest against Middlebury College.
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