Lloyd scores twice in back-and-forth affair
MILTON, Mass. – Junior Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) scored a pair of goals and twice Plymouth State University rallied from one-goal deficits, but Curry College was able to squeak by with a 3-2 win over the Panthers in a non-conference women's soccer game at Walter M. Katz Field Tuesday night.
In a back-and-forth battle, the hosts drew first blood with a goal in the fifth minute. The Panthers rallied to tie the contest, but Curry pulled right back in front three minutes later and the game went into the half with the Colonels holding a 2-1 lead.
Lloyd struck again midway through the second half to square the game at two, but once again Curry had the answer, pulling ahead for good in the 71st minute. PSU had some late chances but was unable to net the equalizer.
Plymouth State drops to 2-4-0 for the season, while the Colonels improve to 3-4-0.
Plymouth State 2, Curry 3
Plymouth State (2-4-0)
How it Happened.
- Curry went ahead in the fifth minute when sophomore Samantha Borges (Somerset, Mass.) played a ball through the PSU defense to junior Tayla Randall (Walpole, Mass.), whose left-footed shot skipped under the dive of sophomore goalkeeper Elena Register (Helena, Ala.).
- The Panthers pulled even in the 23rd minute when Lloyd settled a bouncing ball at the top of the 18, then blasted a shot to the top right corner.
- The Colonels went right back in front three minutes later. Randall delivered a corner from the right side to the front of the box and a chip shot from sophomore Maddie Wilson (Millbury, Mass.) went just over Register's fingers.
- Curry held the lead into the second half, but PSU came back to knot the game once again. Sophomore Taylor Siewierski (Colebrook, N.H.) delivered a cross from the right side and Lloyd just barely beat freshman goalkeeper Lilia Leonard (Quincy, Mass.) to the ball, heading it into the empty net in the 67th minute.
- It didn't take long for the hosts to pull ahead once again. Register came way out for a clear, but the ball went to the foot of sophomore Felicity Monfils (North Attleboro, Mass.), who sent a looping shot from 40 yards out over her head.
- Siewierski nearly tied the game in the final seconds as her last-chance shot from 25 yards out floated just beyond the top corner.
Inside the Numbers:
- With her two goals, Lloyd moved into a tie with sophomore Jordan Meier (Holderness, N.H.) for the team lead with three.
- It was Lloyd's seventh multi-goal game and first since Sept. 1, 2018.
- Register finished with seven saves, but took the loss to go to 0-1-0. Leonard also made seven saves, improving to 1-0-0 on the year.
- The Panthers held a 25-17 advantage in shots, but Curry had a 5-3 edge in corners.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We are right on track," said head coach Ryan Joy. "The team is playing some of the best soccer I've seen since I've been here. It's a process. It's all about putting it all together now - elevating our level to where maybe we don't even realize we can get to."
- The Panthers are back in action next Tuesday (Sept. 24) when they host Salem State at 4:15 p.m.
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