Parsons makes 11 saves in setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Jenna Parsons (Windham, N.H.) made career-high 11 saves, but Plymouth State University ended up on the short end of a 3-0 decision to Westfield State University in a non-conference women's soccer game at Arold Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Westfield put steady pressure on the Plymouth State defense and Parsons made a number of challenging stops while facing 14 shots, but the Owls were able to use speed up top to capitalize on some solid scoring chances.
With the loss Plymouth State dips to 5-6-0, while Westfield State improves to 6-4-1.
Plymouth State 0, Westfield State 3
Plymouth State (5-6-0)
Westfield State (6-4-1)
How it Happened:
- Plymouth State had an early opportunity in the second minute, but sophomore Brooke Malkin's (Woodbury, Conn.) header off a corner kick drifted just over the crossbar.
- Westfield put regular pressure on the Panthers' defense through the middle stages of the half. Sophomore Jenn Rennich (Bedford, Mass.) blasted a shot from 12 yards out along the right side in the 11th minute, but Parsons made a full-extension dive to her left to keep the ball out of the goal.
- The Owls had another chance three minutes later when senior Bella Eduardo (Springfield, Mass.) got into the top of the box alone, but Parsons charged off her line to make the stop and the rebound shot went wide left.
- WSU broke through in the 31st minute when junior Alex Mello (Westfield, Mass.) collected a feed from classmate Hallee Tripp (Swansea, Mass.) and beat Parsons to the low right corner.
- Westfield State doubled its lead in the 49th minute after capitalizing on a breakaway opportunity. Eduardo came in along the right side, then sent a cross to freshman Marissa Jacob (Jefferson, Mass.), who tapped a soft shot to the far post.
- PSU nearly broke through in the 68th minute when sophomore Jordan Meier (Holderness, N.H.) fired a shot toward the right post, but freshman goalkeeper Lauryn Davis (Templeton, Mass.) made a diving save.
- Eduardo created another goal in the 69th minute when she carried the ball through traffic to the top of the box before flipping a pass to senior Juliana Templeman (East Longmeadow, Mass.) on the right side for an easy score.
Inside the Numbers:
- Westfield State held an 18-8 advantage in shots, including a 12-2 margin in the first half.
- PSU earned four corner kicks to the Owls' two.
- Parsons' previous career high in saves was seven, accomplished once last season and in her first appearance this fall. She falls to 1-2-0 on the year.
- Davis (5-2-1) finished with five saves to post her third shutout of the season.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"It felt a little off," said head coach Ryan Joy. "We've got probably the most important week of the season coming up starting with RIC on Saturday, so the good news is we have a few days to get some things together and improve. Jenna [Parsons] stepped up in her opportunity. It's a luxury to have three keepers that you can trust in any game. She did a great job today."
- Plymouth State remains at home with a return to Little East Conference play on Saturday (Oct. 12) against Rhode Island College. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.
- The Owls visit Western New England for a non-conference clash on Thursday (Oct. 10) at 4:00 p.m.
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