Karlsson's goal leads Panthers to most LEC wins since 2003
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Sofia Karlsson (Vaxjo, Sweden) scored the game's lone goal and sophomore Cat Robbins (Franklin, Mass.) notched her first shutout of the year as Plymouth State University topped Castleton University, 1-0, in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's soccer game at Arold Field on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon.
Karlsson headed in a perfectly delivered corner kick in the first half, and the tally would stand at the game's only score as the Panthers posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since the team opened last season with three straight.
With the win PSU evens its record at 8-8-0 and moves to 4-3-0 in the LEC. The four conference wins are the most since the 2003 team went 5-2-0. Plymouth State currently sits in a three-way tie for third place in the conference, with the top two seeds in the upcoming LEC Tournament receiving byes and the third and fourth seeds earning home first round games. Regardless, the Panthers are assured of a spot in the six-team tournament following a two-year hiatus.
Castleton dips to 8-9-0 and 3-4-0 in conference play and currently holds the sixth and final playoff spot.
Prior to the game Plymouth State recognized its six seniors; Michelle Henry (Melrose, Mass.), Amy Luther (Westerly, R.I.), Emily Tibbels (Rehoboth, Mass.), Hannah Hubert (Newport, N.H.), Keegan Burch (Nashua, N.H.) and Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass.).
Plymouth State 1, Castleton 0
Plymouth State (8-8-0, 4-3-0 LEC)
Castleton (8-9-0, 3-4-0 LEC)
How it Happened:
- PSU controlled the pace early on, with the Panthers having two quality chances in the opening ten minutes.
- The Panthers went ahead in the 20th minute when sophomore Sarah Hicks (Sutton, Mass.) delivered a perfect corner from the right side over the head of the Spartans' goalkeeper inside the six and Karlsson headed it into the open net.
- Castleton had a chance to even the score in the 36th minute on a free kick from just outside the 18. The shot went over the wall, but Robbins was able to make the save.
- The Spartans' best opportunity came in the 61st minute, when Robbins dove to stop a ball eight yards out, but the ball popped loose to freshman Tatum Shappy (Milton, Vt.), who fired a shot toward the empty goal, but Catania was there to clear it away.
- Junior Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) nearly added goals in the 81st and 89th minute, first blasting a free kick off the crossbar, then having her header find the far side post.
Inside the Numbers:
- Karlsson's tally was her third of the season, while Robbins stopped all five shots she faced to improve to 6-4-0.
- Junior Loren Henderson (Rutland, Vt.) made six saves in the losing effort, dipping to 8-7-0.
- Plymouth State owned a 16-11 advantage in shots, including a 12-4 margin in the first half.
- The Panthers held a slight, 6-5 edge in corner kicks.
- PSU last qualified for the LEC Tournament in 2016 when the Panthers advanced to the semifinals.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"It was the best start to finish effort all season," said head coach Ryan Joy. "We just beat a good team. We have put together a good week, but have bigger games coming. All we can do is try to play a little better against another good team next week."
- PSU wraps up the regular season next Saturday (Nov. 2, 1:00 p.m.) with an LEC contest at Eastern Connecticut. The Warriors are currently tied with Plymouth State with 12 points, with the winner assuring themselves of a home playoff game.
- Castleton is also in league action on Saturday (Nov. 2, 6:00 p.m.) when the Spartans host UMass Dartmouth under the lights.
|PSU seniors with coaches and family prior to Senior Day win|
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