PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Kelsey McBride (Brookline, N.H.) scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute Thursday afternoon as Plymouth State University’s women’s soccer team posted a 1-0 upset victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference make-up contest at Panther Field.
The Panthers pulled the upset to stop their seven-game losing streak and improve to 4-10-1 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The Huskies, who entered the game in second place in the LEC, dropped their second straight and slipped to 10-5-1 overall and 4-2 in Little East games.
McBride collected her team-leading seventh goal of the season with 25 minutes to play in the second half, finishing off a nice crossing pass from sophomore Jaimee Coombs (Peabody, Mass.)
Both teams had chances to score in the opening half but could not convert. Coombs delivered a through-ball to senior Melissa Erwin (Newington, Conn.) midway through the half but her shot was stopped by USM freshman keeper Mindy Morneault (Eagle Lake, Maine). Senior Liz Brunton (Birch Harbor, Maine) rang one off the crossbar for USM five minutes later, but the teams went into the break scoreless.
Each team had another opportunity early in the second half. Erwin sent junior Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) in alone for the Panthers, but her shot went wide, and PSU senior keeper Hayley Quinones (Waitsfield, Vt.) made a nice save on Brunton, who took a shot after a nice pass from senior Eva Hanson (Warner, N.H.)
After McBride broke the scoreless deadlock, the Huskies got two more good scoring chances, but could not convert. USM finished with a 16-12 advantage in shots. Morneault made seven saves for USM, and Quinones stopped 12 shots for PSU to earn her second shutout of the season.
The regular season ends this Saturday with conference home games for both teams, as PSU hosts UMass Dartmouth (1:00 p.m.) and USM entertains Western Connecticut (12:00 p.m.) The Panthers need a win or a tie against UMD to qualify for next week’s LEC Tournament.
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