Colby-Sawyer wins first career match against Plymouth State in women’s soccer

NEW LONDON, N.H. - Freshman Julia Steese (Wilmot, N.H.) scored a pair of goals, one in each half, Tuesday afternoon as the Colby-Sawyer College women's soccer team defeated Plymouth State University, 3-1, in a non-conference match at Kelsey Field. The win was the first for the Chargers in 15 career chances against their in-state rivals.

Steese scored her first goal of the game just 2:35 in, as she beat a defender and scored a far-post shot from six yards out. Freshman Jess Foster (South Dennis, Mass.) put the Chargers up 2-0 at the break with her shot on a direct kick from 24 yards out that bounced off the goal post and into the net with 15 minutes left in the half.

Steese added her second of the game and fifth of the year in the 52nd minute, following up freshman Elise Kapp's (Yarmouthport, Mass.) shot off the cross bar and finishing into the open net. Junior Kelsey McBride (Brookline, N.H.) put the Panthers on the board in the 71st minute, poking in a loose ball in front of the Colby-Sawyer goal.

Golkeepers Jen Plouffe (North Smithfield, R.I.) and Christina Quirk (Milford, Conn.) combined for the win for the Chargers, with Plouffe making six saves and Quirk one. For Plymouth State, seniors Beth McAloon (Bedford, N.H.) and Hayley Quinones (Waitsfield, Vt.) split time in goal, though neither recorded a save.

Colby-Sawyer improves to 3-4 on the year, while Plymouth State falls to 3-5-1. The Chargers return to Commonwealth Coast Conference play on Thursday, hosting New England College at 4 p.m. Plymouth State is back in action on Saturday, hosting arch rival Keene State in a key Little East Conference match-up at Panther Field (1 p.m.)

(Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information)

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