PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Jaimee Coombs (Peabody, Mass.) and junior Nicole Bedard (Windham, N.H./Alvirne) scored second-half goals Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University came from behind to defeat the University of Southern Maine, 2-1, in Little East Conference women’s soccer action at Panther Field.
PSU won its first conference game of the season and its second contest this week, improving 4-3-0 overall and 1-2 in LEC games. USM dropped its second straight one-goal game of the week and fell to 4-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in conference play.
Each team managed six shots in the first half, but neither team was able to score as senior keepers Meghan Ibar (Milwaukee, Wis.) of Southern Maine and Ashley Riberdy (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) of Plymouth State stopped everything they saw.
The visitors got on the board just three minutes into the second half, when senior Natasha Levandowski (Portland, Maine) converted for the Huskies, with an assist from freshman Lila Dunham-Conway (Standish, Maine.) That lead lasted about 15 minutes, when Coombs evened things up at the 63-minute mark, with sophomore Gianna Minervini (Point Pleasant, N.J.) picking up an assist. Less than five minutes later, Bedard tallied the game-winner, her first career tally, with freshman Rachel Kindl (Granby, Conn.) assisting.
Riberdy recorded the win for PSU, finishing with seven saves, and Ibar ended up with eight saves for the Huskies.
The Panthers are home again Tuesday with a non-conference game against Salem State (6:00 p.m.) Southern Maine returns home to host Framingham State on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.)
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