Wood ties game in 88th minute; Panthers return to ECSU for LEC Tourney on Tues.
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Freshman Gigi Wood (Merrimack, N.H.) notched her first career goal to tie the game in the 88th minute, but Eastern Connecticut State University scored with 38 seconds remaining in double overtime to sneak past Plymouth State University, 2-1, in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's soccer game at Rick McCarthy Field on Saturday afternoon.
The loss drops the Panthers to 8-9-0 overall and 4-4-0 in the LEC, while Eastern Connecticut moves to 6-11-0 and 5-3-0 in league play. The two teams will square off again in just three days in the first round of the LEC Tournament, with the fourth-seeded Warriors hosting fifth-seeded Plymouth State on Tuesday (Nov. 5) at 6:00 p.m.
Eastern Connecticut held a 1-0 lead going into the half, but Wood evened the score with just under three minutes left in regulation. After a scoreless first overtime period, the hosts converted a rebound with less than 40 seconds remaining to sneak away with the win.
Plymouth State 1, Eastern Connecticut 2 (2OT)
Plymouth State (8-9-0, 4-4-0 LEC)
Eastern Connecticut (6-11-0, 5-3-0 LEC)
How it Happened:
- Eastern Connecticut took the lead in the first three minutes of the game as sophomore Haley Montesanto (East Haven, Conn.) converted a feed from senior Abbey Fitzsimmons (West Hartford, Conn.).
- The Panthers tied the score late in the game. In the 88th minute Wood buried a shot from 30 yards out into the upper left corner to knot the score at 1-1.
- The Warriors stole the win in the last minute of play in double overtime when Fitzsimmons put away a rebound off an initial save by sophomore Cat Robbins (Franklin, Mass.).
Inside the Numbers:
- Wood's tally was the first of her career.
- Robbins stopped five shots for the Panthers, while junior Alexis Tyrrell (Torrington, Conn.) made seven saves.
- PSU held a narrow 12-11 advantage in shots, including an 8-7 edge in shots on goal.
- Eastern Connecticut earned seven corners to PSU's one.
- Plymouth State's four conference wins are the most since the 2003 season, while the Panthers enter the LEC Tournament for the fourth time in the last six years.
- The same two teams will be at it again on Tuesday (Nov. 5) with much more at stake in the opening round of the LEC Tournament when fifth-seeded Plymouth State visits fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut for a 6:00 p.m. contest.
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