Lloyd scores in fifth straight game as Panthers move to 2-0 in LEC
GORHAM, Maine – Junior Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) scored for the fifth straight game and sophomore Cat Robbins (Franklin, Mass.) made several outstanding saves to spark Plymouth State University to a 2-1 win over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's soccer game under the lights at Hannaford Field on Wednesday night.
PSU jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead, then held off a frantic Huskies' rally over the final 45 minutes to secure the win. USM outshot the Panthers by a 10-2 margin in the second half, but were only able to break through in the final 11 seconds.
Plymouth State extends its winning streak to three straight games to move to 5-4-0 and 2-0-0 in the Little East Conference. The Huskies dip to 4-6-1 overall and 0-3-0 in conference play.
Plymouth State 2, Southern Maine 1
Plymouth State (5-4-0, 2-0-0 LEC)
Southern Maine (4-6-1, 0-3-0 LEC)
How it Happened:
- USM put early pressure on the Panthers, but Robbins made a diving save in the third minute and another strong stop five minutes later.
- PSU took advantage of a defensive miscue to score the game's first goal in the 14th minute. Sophomore Taylor Siewierski (Colebrook, N.H.) tapped the ball past the USM goalkeeper and Lloyd touched the ball into the back of the open net for a 1-0 lead.
- The Huskies nearly evened the score 11 minutes later, but a long shot off the foot of senior Emma Dennison (South Portland, Maine) hit the cross bar.
- The Panthers added an insurance goal in the 32nd minute on an ambitious attempt from sophomore Sarah Hicks (Sutton, Mass.). From the touchline on the right side, Hicks put an effort in from long range, lofting the ball high in the air and finding the top left corner for a 2-0 lead.
- USM dominated possession in the second half, but Robbins came up big in multiple spots, including a one-on-one save with junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) alone in the box. The Huskies were able to spoil the shutout bid with just 11 seconds left in regulation when sophomore Alex Allain (Carmel, Maine) crossed the ball to the far post, finding senior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine).
Inside the Numbers:
- Robbins made six saves in the win, improving to 4-2-0 on the year.
- Southern Maine owned a 20-9 advantage in shots.
- For the first time in her career, Lloyd has scored a goal in five straight games. Her five-game point streak also ties the longest run of her career.
- Lloyd now leads the Panthers with six goals and 15 points, while Hicks' two goals are tied for the third most on the team.
- PSU travels to UMass Boston on Saturday (Oct. 5) for another LEC match starting at 1:00 p.m.
**With contributions from Southern Maine Athletic Media Relations**
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