Hicks scores game-winner, Lloyd with four points in LEC opener
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Sarah Hicks (Sutton, Mass.) picked up her first goal of the season in the 110th minute to lead Plymouth State University to a hard-fought, 4-3, double overtime win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's soccer game at Arold Field on Saturday afternoon.
In a back-and-forth contest, a pesky Corsairs' squad twice fought back from one-goal deficits to force the overtime. With the second overtime nearly running out, Hicks buried a feed from junior Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) to give the Panthers a win in their LEC opener.
Plymouth State wins its second straight contest to even its record at 4-4 and moved to 1-0 in the Little East, while the Corsairs fall to 1-6 and 0-2 in league play.
Plymouth State 4, UMass Dartmouth 3 (2OT)
Plymouth State (4-4-0, 1-0-0 LEC)
UMass Dartmouth (1-6-0, 0-2-0 LEC)
How it Happened:
- The Corsairs struck first in the seventh minute when sophomore Jillian Prout (Dartmouth, Mass.) tallied her second goal of the year for the early lead.
- Sophomore Taylor Siewierski (Colebrook, N.H.) knotted the game less than four minutes later when she picked up her first goal of the year after finishing a cross from classmate Jordan Meier (Holderness, N.H.).
- Lloyd put the Panthers in front for the first time in the 31st minute, but the lead was short-lived as senior Ella Rath (Pawcatuck, Conn.) scored the equalizer for the Corsairs just seven minutes later.
- Junior Sofia Karlsson (Vaxjo, Sweden) restored the PSU advantage when she tipped in a free kick from Lloyd in the 75th minute, but Rath answered again for UMass Dartmouth when an unassisted strike five minutes later.
- Neither team was able to find the back of the goal over the next 30 minutes of play, until Hicks' tally with less than a minute remaining in the second overtime period.
Inside the Numbers:
- PSU held a 29-15 advantage in shots, and a slight 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.
- Lloyd moved into the team lead with her fifth goal of the year and her 13 points are also a team-high. She has scored in each of her last four games, with all 13 of her points coming during that stretch.
- With her two goals, Rath now leads the Corsairs with four on the season. Her nine points are also a team best.
- Sophomore Cat Robbins (Franklin, Mass.) made eight saves to improve to 3-2-0 on the year, while her counterpart, junior Jaimee O'Brien (West Springfield, Mass.) turned aside nine shots but fell to 1-5-0.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We showed a lot of heart," said head coach Ryan Joy. "Sometimes you just need to grind it out to get the result, but the credit goes to the whole team. We were ready. It's good to be 1-0 on the season."
- Plymouth State visits Southern Maine at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 2) for another key LEC contest.
- The Corsairs travel to Curry College on Monday (Sept. 30) for a 7:00 p.m. non-conference tilt.
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