Register makes seven saves in LEC setback
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Freshman goalkeeper Elena Register (Helena, Ala.) made seven saves but the Plymouth State University women's soccer team fell to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 1-0, in the Little East Conference (LEC) opener for both schools at Cressy Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers controlled play through the first half, firing ten shots to the Corsairs' three, but were unable to get one past the UMD goalkeeper. Junior Ella Rath (Pawcatuck, Conn.) would score the game's only goal in the 38th minute and the Corsairs were able to hold on for the win.
PSU drops its first game of the season, falling to 3-1 (0-1 LEC), while UMass Dartmouth improves to 3-3-1 and 1-0 in conference play.
Plymouth State 0, UMass Dartmouth 1
Plymouth State 3-1, 0-1 LEC
UMass Dartmouth 3-3-1, 1-0 LEC
How it Happened:
* PSU dominated the pace of play in the first half, outshooting the Corsairs by a 10-3 margin and earning four corner kicks without allowing one for the home team, but sophomore Jaimee O'Brien (West Springfield, Mass.) made five saves to keep the Panthers off the board.
* Rath gave the home team a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute with a deceptive dribble move to line up a shot to the left side from ten yards out.
* The Corsairs increased the offensive pressure to start the second half, with shots finding the post and crossbar over a three minute span, but the game remained 1-0.
* Plymouth's best scoring opportunity came in the 78th minute, when sophomore Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) unleashed a blast from the left of the six-yard box to the low left corner of the goal, but O'Brien was able to deflect it away with her right foot.
Inside the Numbers:
* Both teams finished with eight shots on goal.
* Register finished with seven saves for the Panthers but fell to 1-1, while O'Brien made eight stops to improve to 3-3-1.
* PSU is 16-10-4 all-time against the Corsairs, though Plymouth's last victory came in 2010.
* The two teams are known for playing tight games. Of the last 11 meetings, five have been decided by a single goal and two others resulted in draws.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Each conference game is tough," said head coach Ryan Joy.
* The Panthers return home for a non-conference game with Curry on Tuesday (Sept. 18). Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.
* UMD is also back in action on Tuesday (Sept. 18) as the Corsairs travel to Clark for a non-league game at 7:00 p.m.
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