GORHAM, Maine – Plymouth State University had a 20-11 advantage in shots, but it was the University of Southern Maine that came up with a 2-0 victory Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference women’s soccer game at the USM Soccer Field.
Junior goalkeeper Meghan Ibar (Milwaukee, Wis.) posted eight saves to lead the Huskies, picking up her second consecutive shutout. The victory was the third in a row for the Huskies, and lifts their record to 4-7-0 overall and 2-2-0 in conference play. The Panthers slip to 4-5-1 overall and 1-3-0 in the conference.
USM senior Julia Cyr (Standish, Maine) scored the first goal in the 30th minute as she booted a shot past PSU freshman goalkeeper Morgan McQuaide (Westerly, R.I.) from just inside the 18.
Plymouth State had an opportunity to score in the last minute of the first half when senior Ashley Dassatti (Hampstead, N.H.) headed a ball in front of the net and it was deflected by Ibar off the right post at which point a Southern Maine defender took possession and cleared it.
Junior Gabrielle Cyr (Fort Kent, Maine) doubled the lead for the Huskies in the second half as she picked up a pass inside the box from freshman Samantha Mathieu (Belfast, Maine) and directed a shot into the net. PSU senior Kara Arnold (Wolfeboro, N.H.) had a good scoring opportunity with five minutes to play in the match as she moved past the USM defense but her bid fell short when Ibar came out and smothered the ball.
McQuaide was credited with four saves at the other end for Plymouth State.
The Huskies will host Bates College in a non-conference match this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. The Panthers return home to take on Middlebury Tuesday under the lights at 6:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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