Panthers come up just short in LEC contest
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University controlled play for the majority of the afternoon, but the University of Southern Maine came away with a 1-0 win in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's soccer game at Arold Field on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) scored the game's only goal after running onto a through ball and flicking a shot just past PSU freshman goalkeeper Cat Robbins (Franklin, Mass.). The Panthers had a handful of opportunities at the equalizer in the final minutes, but were unable to even the score.
PSU falls to 4-2-1 and 0-2 in the Little East, while USM improves to 7-1-0 and 1-1 in conference play.
Plymouth State 0, Southern Maine 1
Plymouth State 4-2-1, 0-2 LEC
Southern Maine 7-1-0, 1-1 LEC
How it Happened:
* PSU controlled possession through the first half, outshooting the Huskies by a 6-0 margin and earning three corner kicks, but USM senior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made three saves to keep the game scoreless.
* Junior Emma Cost (Waterboro, Maine) won a ball at midfield, created space around a pair of Panthers, then lifted a ball to Kalilwa in the 70th minute. With Robbins charging out, Kalilwa used the outside of her right foot to flick the ball to the near post, just under Robbins' arm.
* The Panthers kept the pressure on the USM defense late in the half. Sophomore Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) had a breakaway down the left side with four minutes remaining, but a Huskies' defender was able to break it up.
* Following a USM foul, Plymouth State had a free kick from 40 yards out on the right side with just over a minute remaining. The ball was sent into traffic at the top of the 18-yard box, but the Huskies were able to clear it away.
* PSU had one final chance with a corner kick in the final seconds, but was unable to convert.
Inside the Numbers:
* The Panthers owned a 10-5 advantage in shots and a 5-1 advantage in corners.
* Kalilwa's tally was her fourth of the season.
* Canastra made four saves to improve to 7-1, while Robbins made a pair of stops while falling to 2-1.
* The Panthers have allowed one goal or fewer in six-of-seven games this year.
* PSU is 24-9-1 all-time against the Huskies. USM's win broke up a string of four straight head-to-head wins for the Panthers.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We'll take tomorrow off and start to look at Rhode Island College on Monday," said head coach Ryan Joy. "We've got to move on and we've got to win the next one."
* Plymouth State opens Homecoming Weekend with a league contest against the Anchorwomen on Wednesday (Sept. 26). Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
* Southern Maine heads to Wentworth Institute of Technology for a non-conference tilt on Wednesday (Sept. 26) at 7:00 p.m.
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