GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Christina Farias (East Dennis, Mass.) scored the deciding goal with 2:53 left in the second sudden death overtime period Wednesday afternoon to give visiting Plymouth State University a 3-2 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Hodgdon Field.
The win improved the Panthers’ record to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Southern Maine fell for the 10th consecutive game to remain winless (0-10, 0-3) for the season.
Farias brought the game to a close when she sticked a pass from senior Caitlin Moran (Rowley, Mass.) by USM sophomore goalie Sadie Garnache-Poirier (Biddeford, Maine). The goal was the fourth of the season for Farias.
Southern Maine forced the game into the extra sessions as junior Kayla Vaughan (Monroe, Maine) set up freshman Alyson Lumino (Hampden, Maine) for Lumino’s first collegiate goal with 5:06 to play in regulation.
The teams traded goals six minutes apart in the first half. Sophomore Melanie Bates (Derry, N.H.) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead when she converted a pass from Moran less than four minutes into the game. Vaughan got the Huskies back even six minutes later with an unassisted goal.
PSU regained the lead at 2-1 seven minutes into the second half as junior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) scored off an assist by Bates.
Freshman goalie Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) was credited with five saves for Plymouth State while Garnache-Poirier finished the game with 16 saves. Plymouth State had a 24-11 advantage in shots and a 21-12 edge in penalty corners.
Plymouth State looks to make it two in a row this Friday night under the lights at Westfield State College. Southern Maine will try to break its winless streak on Saturday when it travels to Worcester State College for a Little East Conference game.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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