PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Alex Marcell (Pittsford, Vt.) scored two second-half goals Saturday afternoon to lift the Plymouth State University women’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a key Little East Conference game at Panther Field.
The victory pushes Plymouth State (6-8-0 overall, 2-4-0 in the LEC) past UMD (4-9-2 overall, 1-4-1 in the LEC) in the conference standings and into a tie for fifth place with Southern Maine, while the Corsairs fall to seventh place. One week remains in the regular season, and the top six teams in the regular season advance to the LEC Tournament.
It was a scoreless first half, with UMD out-shooting the home team 6-3, but the Panthers had the best scoring opportunity just before the break. Marcell served a crossing pass into the box and junior Nicole Bedard (Windham, N.H./Alvirne) got her head on it, but her strong shot bounced off the cross bar.
PSU nearly scored again early in the second half when sophomore Lauren Lavery (Nashua, N.H.) split three defenders, but her shot also clanged the cross bar.
Marcell finally broke the scoreless deadlock with 16 minutes remaining in the second half with she took a through pass from sophomore Jen Mooney (Whitman, Mass.) and fired a shot from the left side outside the box, through the goalie’s hands and into the net for a 1-0 Panther lead. A little over 10 minutes later, Marcell hit a shot from nearly the same spot, and again through the keeper’s hands and into the net for a Panther insurance goal.
Senior keeper Ashley Riberdy (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) was solid in the Panther goal, and made six saves to earn second shutout of the season. Freshman Tanya Braga (Hudson, Mass.) finished with three saves in the Corsair net.
PSU wraps up the regular season with a non-conference game at Lyndon State on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) and an LEC home game next Saturday vs. UMass Boston (4:00 p.m.). UMD hosts Worcester State on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.), visits Newbury on Thursday (3:00 p.m.) and travels to Eastern Connecticut to conclude the regular season next Saturday (1:00 p.m.)
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