Panthers hope to avenge loss in regular season finale
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's soccer team will travel to Eastern Connecticut State University in a rematch of the regular season finale from just two days ago for the opening round of the Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament Tuesday (Nov. 5) at 6:00 p.m.
The Panthers (8-9, 4-4 LEC) finished the regular season with the most conference wins since the 2003 season to claim the fifth seed, while Eastern Connecticut (6-11, 5-3 LEC) earned the fourth seed. PSU is appearing in the tournament for the fourth time under head coach Ryan Joy and the first since the 2016 season.
The two teams met just last Saturday, with the Warriors eking out a 2-1 win in the final seconds of double overtime. ECSU took an early lead in the third minute, but the Panthers tied the game with less than three minutes remaining in regulation on freshman Gigi Wood's (Merrimack, N.H.) first career goal. PSU controlled the first overtime, nearly putting the game away while outshooting the Warriors by a 4-0 margin, but Eastern Connecticut was able to score on a rebound with just 38 seconds left in the second overtime to pull out the win.
Plymouth State is making its 16th appearance in the LEC Tournament since its inception in 1999. The Panthers have gone 2-15-1 in tournament play, last winning a tournament game in the 2001 season. PSU did advance to the semifinals in 2016 after topping UMass Dartmouth in penalty kicks (4-3) following a scoreless game. Plymouth State has never won the tournament title.
The Warriors are tied with WestConn for the most tournament appearances in the conference, reaching the postseason for the 20th time. Eastern Connecticut has gone 13-13-6 to date, capturing four titles. As the second seed last year ECSU advance to the semifinals but was upset by third-seeded UMass Boston, 1-0.
The winner of tomorrow's contest will advance to face top-seeded UMass Boston on Thursday (Nov. 7).
The full LEC Tournament bracket can be found on the conference's website, www.littleeast.com.
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