DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Three goals in the second half provided just enough separation for the visiting Panthers as Plymouth State bested the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 4-1, at Cressy Field on Tuesday evening. Corsair goalie Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) submitted her best performance of the year by making 24 saves, her most since shattering her career-high on opening day of last season when she made 37 stops versus MIT.
How It Happened
Just a few minutes into the contest, Plymouth State saw an early opportunity to take the lead on a penalty stroke but had it stopped by a sprawling Burke, who laid out full extension to her right and forced the shot to roll wide of the post. The Panthers racked up 17 first half shots and 13 on frame but the most important bid came with zeroes on the board; despite the horn sounding, Plymouth still had a penalty corner opportunity for one last play in the opening stanza. Visiting senior Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.) was in the right place at the right time, corralling the loose ball atop the arc and lining her shot up for the unassisted score.
A second solo score arrived a third of the way through the second half as Panther junior Kaihley Newhard (Salem, Conn.) collected the second rebound of two Burke deflections and tucked the try just inside the near post for a 2-0 margin. UMass Dartmouth got itself in the scoring following a hard shot by freshman Kylie Dias (Fall River, Mass.) off of sophomore goalie Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) that landed at the feet of mid Mikella DaSilva (Fall River, Mass.) who snuck her shot just over the goal line. The visitors would retaliate under a minute later, however, with a pair of scores by sophomore Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine).
Inside The Numbers
- Burke's previous season-high was 19, which also occurred in the opening contest against #11 MIT.
- DaSilva collected her first goal of the 2018 campaign.
- Plymouth State remained aggressive for a full 70 minutes, firing 28 of their 38 attempts on frame.
- Dias continues to successfully set up teammates with scoring opportunities this season, as the freshman Corsair registered her fourth helper of the year.
The Corsairs will travel to Clark University on Saturday for an 11:30 am non-conference clash while Plymouth hosts LEC opponent Keene State at 11 am.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)