Meier strikes again as Panthers get first win of 2019
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Jordan Meier (Holderness, N.H.) notched a game-winning goal in the 63rd minute to lead Plymouth State University to a 2-1 win over the University of Maine Farmington in a non-conference women's soccer game at Arold Field on Saturday afternoon.
PSU took a 1-0 lead into the second half, but the Beavers knotted the game in the 58th minute. Meier buried the rebound off a shot from sophomore Sarah Hicks (Sutton, Mass.) just five minutes later to retake the lead and the Panthers' defense was able to keep UMF off the board the rest of the way.
Plymouth State picks up its first win of the year to improve to 1-2-0, while the Beavers drop their season opener (0-1-0).
Plymouth State 2, UMaine Farmington 1
Plymouth State (1-2-0)
UMaine Farmington (0-1-0)
How it Happened.
- Plymouth State controlled play throughout, but junior goalkeeper Callie Hammer (Ellsworth, Maine) kept the Beavers in the game.
- Lloyd sent a ball into the box from the right sideline in the 26th minute, but Meier's volley was denied by a diving Hammer.
- Sophomore Lizzy Bloch (Valley Village, Calif.) had a chance seven minutes later on Llloyd's corner kick, but her shot found the crossbar.
- Junior Keegan Burch (Nashua, N.H.) sent a through ball that created a one-on-one for Lloyd, but an outstretched Hammer was able to keep the ball out of the net.
- PSU finally broke through when junior Maya Golowasch (West Harrison, N.Y.) delivered a corner to the head of classmate Sofia Karlsson (Vaxjo, Sweden) in traffic in the 44th minute.
- Lloyd nearly doubled the lead in the 50th minute. She made a run down the left side before cutting back to the middle, but her shot to the top right corner glanced off the crossbar.
- The Beavers evened the game in the 58th minute when freshman Emily Boyle (Orleans, Mass.) scored her first collegiate goal, chipping a shot over the head of the PSU keeper.
- Plymouth State came right back to take the lead five minutes later. Hicks took a cross from Lloyd and fired a shot that was deflected in the six-yard box and Meier was there to put the rebound into the bottom left corner.
- PSU appeared to push the lead to 3-1 when sophomore Taylor Siewierski (Colebrook, N.H.) delivered a perfect ball off a free kick to Lloyd on the far post, who redirected it past Hammer, but the goal was waved off as the referee said the ball went off her arm.
- UMaine Farmington increased its offensive pressure over the final three minutes, but PSU's defense, anchored by freshman Gigi Wood (Merrimack, N.H.), preserved the lead.
Inside the Numbers:
- Plymouth State outshot the Beavers by a 29-2 margin and held a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks.
- Hammer finished with an incredible 15 saves, but took the loss to fall to 0-1-0, while Robbins made one save to go to 1-1-0.
- Meier has scored two of the Panthers' three goals this season.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We strung a lot of passes together today," said head coach Ryan Joy. "It was a great effort from everyone who played. We were able to showcase a lot of what we can do. Winning the 50-50 balls made a big difference, especially in the second half."
- Plymouth State visits Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday (Sept. 11) for a 4:30 p.m. contest.
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