Martin, Hicks lead Panthers to key victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Kate Martin (Westmoreland, N.H.) and freshman Sarah Hicks (Sutton, Mass.) each scored second half goals to lift Plymouth State University to a 2-0 win over Keene State College in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's soccer match at Arold Field on Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless first half the Panthers broke through in the 54th minute. Sophomore Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) sent a free kick from the right side just outside the box to the far post, where Martin's header gave PSU the lead. Hicks added an insurance goal in the 85th minute for her team-leading seventh goal of the year.
Plymouth State picks up its first win over the Owls since the 1998 season to improve to 6-3-2 and 2-3-0 in LEC play. KSC drops to 2-7-1 and 0-3-1 in league games.
Plymouth State 2, Keene State 0
Plymouth State 6-3-2 (2-3-0 LEC)
Keene State 2-7-1 (0-3-1 LEC)
How it Happened:
* Hicks nearly put the Panthers on the board in the 10th minute. She found space along the right side of the box and rifled a shot to the far post, but KSC sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Offord (Shelton, Conn.) was able to get a hand on it. The ball deflected over Offord's head toward the goal line and freshman Jordan Meier (Holderness, N.H.) had a chance at the rebound, but Offord recovered just in time.
* PSU had another scoring chance in the 26th minute. Junior Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass.) sent a nice feed from the left side into the box, but Martin's header went wide of the goal.
* Hicks had another chance in the 33rd minute as she fought off a defender on the right side, but Offord came off her line to make the stop.
* Keene's first real scoring chance came in the 52nd minute. Sophomore Jordyn Abasciano (Auburn, Mass.) launched a turnaround shot from the top of the 18 toward the near post that went wide.
* The Panthers finally broke through in the 54th minute. A KSC foul led to a free kick from 20 yards out on the right side. Lloyd sent the ball to the far post, where a leaping Martin headed it into the open net.
* Keene immediately responded. Sophomore Rachel Braun (Brookfield, Conn.) streaked down the right side and past the PSU defense, but freshman goalkeeper Cat Robbins (Franklin, Mass.) was able to corral her shot.
* Hicks added an insurance goal in the 85th minute. With freshman Emily Geyselaers (Cornwall Bridge, Conn.) streaking toward the net, Hicks sent a ball from the right side on target. Offord came sliding out to make break it up, but the ball caromed right back to Hicks, who fired it into the open net.
Inside the Numbers:
* Hicks has scored in three of the last four games, giving her a team-best seven goals on the season.
* The Panthers controlled play through the first half, outshooting Keene by a 9-3 margin with only one of the Owls' shots being on goal.
* Robbins needed just three saves to pick up her fourth win of the year (4-2-0). She lowered her goals against average to an LEC-best 0.50. Three of her four wins have been shutouts.
* Two of Martin's three goals have been game-winners.
* PSU hasn't allowed more than one goal in any of its five conference games to date.
* Offord finished with six saves for the Owls, falling to 2-5-1 on the year.
* Plymouth State's win was the first in the series since the 1998 season.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We were prepared for today," said head coach Ryan Joy. "Kate [Martin] is clinical in the box. We knew she would get on one of them and she made it count. It's kind of cool that she's from Keene too."
* The Panthers travel to Castleton for another LEC contest on Wednesday (Oct. 10) at 7:00 p.m.
* Keene State hosts Worcester State in anon-conference game on Monday (Oct. 8) at 6:30 p.m.
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