Lloyd nets sixth goal as Panthers settle for tie
BENNINGTON, Vt. – For the second straight season Plymouth State University and Southern Vermont College battled into overtime, as the two teams settled for a 3-3 draw in a non-conference women's soccer game at Everett Field on Wednesday afternoon.
PSU held leads of 1-0 and 3-2, but each time the Mountaineers rallied. The Panthers move to 4-1-1, while Southern Vermont goes to 0-4-2.
Plymouth State 3, Southern Vermont 3 (2OT)
Plymouth State 4-1-1
Southern Vermont 0-4-2
How it Happened:
* Sophomore Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute. After collecting the ball on the right side, she turned and laced a shot into the lower left corner of the goal for her team-leading sixth tally of the year.
* Despite holding a 9-4 advantage in shots and a 4-0 edge in corners in the opening half, the Panthers went into the break with the score tied, as the hosts notching a goal late in the 45th minute. Sophomore Jayne Wierzbicki (Wilmington, Mass.) carried the ball down the right side and lofted a shot over PSU freshman goalkeeper Elena Register (Helena, Ala.) with just 12 seconds remaining in the half.
* SVC went ahead, 2-1, in the 64th minute. Following a clear, the ball crossed over the midfield line and sophomore Rileigh Griffiths (Milford, N.Y.) was able to run it down before slipping a shot into the bottom right corner.
* The Panthers got an unconventional goal to pull even in the 70th minute when a free kick deflected off a Mountaineer's head and into the goal.
* PSU pulled back in front less than two minutes later. Senior Sabrina Sweeney (Raymond, N.H.) buried a penalty kick try for her third goal of the season to put the visitors ahead 3-2.
* The Mountaineers were able to force overtime with a goal in the 76th minute. Wierzbicki launched a cross from the left corner to the back post, where freshman Kaiden Gauthier (Bennington, Vt.) punched it home.
* The Panthers maintained possession through a majority of the two overtimes outshooting the hosts by a 9-1 margin, but SVC junior goalkeeper Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) was able to preserve the tie.
Inside the Numbers:
* The Panthers held a 28-9 advantage in shots over the full 110 minutes.
* Southern Vermont did not have a single corner kick during the game, while PSU earned six.
* Jarosz made 11 saves for the Mountaineers to move to 0-3-1, as Register moved to 2-1-1 after recording four stops for Plymouth State.
* Today's game was just the second meeting between the two programs. The Mountaineers topped PSU in overtime, 2-1, last fall.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We showed a lot of grit during a physical game," said head coach Ryan Joy. "It was a tough match, but we really demonstrated good character."
* The Panthers wrap up a brutal stretch of three games in five days when they host Southern Maine for a Little East Conference contest on Saturday (Sept. 22). Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m.
* Southern Vermont is also in league action on Saturday (Sept. 22). The Mountaineers head to Eastern Nazarene for a 12:00 p.m. New England Collegiate College (NECC) game.
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