DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A goal apiece in each half was enough for Plymouth State to halt the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's winning streak and edge out a 2-0 Little East Conference victory at Cressy Field on Saturday evening.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 0, Plymouth State 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (7-6, 5-4 LEC) | Plymouth State (9-3, 7-2 LEC)
How it Happened
Just a few minutes after the opening whistle, the hosts came inches away from gaining an early lead on the visiting Panthers. It was sophomore Katrina Perry (Raynham, Mass.) that found herself near the left post of the opposing goal, but her attempt missed just slightly wide of the net. Halfway through the first period, Plymouth State broke the scoreless contest when freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) weaved through multiple defenders along the right side of the circle, whizzing a shot past a diving Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass) on her glove-side for a 1-0 visitor lead.
The Panthers showed no signs of slowing down after the intermission, with senior forward Lily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) attempted another shot on goal just 40 seconds into the half. An aggressive bid by goalkeeper Burke halted Plymouth State from potentially doubling their lead. Throughout the second period, the opposition fired off a total of nine shots, but it was junior defender Kassidy Cestodio (Westport, Mass.) coming up clutch time and time again by shutting down any Panther buildup.
Following a timeout taken by UMass Dartmouth with 14:12 remaining, the Corsair offense put its first shots on goal off of a corner taken by senior Haley Donahay (Cranston, R.I.). Forwards Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) and Mary Brown (Leicester, Mass.) each made tries for the equalizer, but the two were turned aside by PSU goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauket, N.J.).
Plymouth State cemented victory with three minutes to go in regulation when senior midfielder Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) gathered a dead ball, sprinting solo along the left side of the circle and finishing just inside the left post.
Inside the Numbers
- Burke finished with 11 saves on the contest for her fifth double-digit save total of the season. In the opposite net, Bates needed to make just two stops for the Panthers.
- Plymouth State moves their all-time series record versus UMass Dartmouth to 11-21.
- The visitors outshot the hosts by a margin of 24-7.
- padded her team-lead in goals, knocking in her 12th of the season.
UMass Dartmouth will hit the road to take on Roger Williams on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.