Panthers drop second straight LEC contest
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's soccer team dropped a second straight Little East Conference (LEC) game, falling to the University of Massachusetts Boston, 2-0, at Arold Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Beacons took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute and the score would remain the same through the remainder of the half. The Panthers had three prime chances in the second half, but UMB freshman goalkeeper Caroline Richards (Duxbury, Mass.) was able to preserve the lead and a late insurance goal gave the Beacons the win.
With the setback the Panthers dip to 6-5-2 (2-5-0 LEC), while UMass Boston improves to 8-5-1 and 3-2-1 in the LEC.
Plymouth State 0, UMass Boston 2
Plymouth State 6-5-2, 2-5-0 LEC
UMass Boston 8-5-1, 3-2-1 LEC
How it Happened:
* Freshman Mary Jo Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) nearly gave the Beacons an early lead in the 17th minute, but freshman goalkeeper Cat Robbins (Franklin, Mass.) extended to her right to keep the game scoreless.
* Murphy picked up an assist 11 minutes later. She sent a ball to the corner of the six from the left side and freshman Morgan Palma (Halifax, Mass.) redirected it just over Robbins' fingertips.
* PSU had a great chance in the 59th minute. Freshman Sarah Hicks (Sutton, Mass.) fired a shot from the left side of the box with additional Panthers charging toward the goal, but Richards made three stops and a fourth attempt went just wide.
* Hicks made a nice move around a UMB defender in the 66th minute, but again Richards was up to the challenge.
* The Panthers got unlucky in the 72nd minute, when a blast off the foot of junior Keegan Burch (Nashua, N.H.) rebounded off the crossbar.
* Robbins made a pair of key plays to keep the game close in the 80th minute. UMB freshman Jahlyla Ocampo (Braintree, Mass.) ripped a shot from six yards out on the right side that Robbins deflected away. On the ensuing corner, Robbins came out to grab the ball and again deny the Beacons.
* PSU's final scoring opportunity came in the 83rd minute, following a corner inserted by senior Sabrina Sweeney (Raymond, N.H.). Richards went to the ground to make an initial save and the Panthers weren't able to score while she was down.
* UMB capped the scoring in the 84th minute when sophomore Lindsay Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.) carried the ball into the box along the right side, then put a perfectly placed cross on the foot of freshman Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) who just outreached a Panther defender for a shot to the far post.
Inside the Numbers:
* UMass Boston held a 13-11 advantage in shots and 6-5 edge in shots on goal.
* The Beacons earned seven corners to PSU's three.
* This marks the first time all season the Panthers were held scoreless in back-to-back games.
* Plymouth State has gone 14-10 against the Beacons dating back to the 1995 season, but UMB has won ten of the last 12 meetings.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We feel like we had our chances today, but were unable to capitalize," said head coach Ryan Joy. "The parity in the league this year is incredible."
* Plymouth State hosts Nichols for a Senior Day game next Saturday (Oct. 20) at 2:30 p.m.
* UMass Boston hosts Framingham State on Tuesday (Oct. 16) at 7:00 p.m.
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