(Courtesy of Plymouth State Sports Information)
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Sammi Jo Saltalamacchia (Sandown, N.H.) scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the first minute of the second half Saturday afternoon and Plymouth State University went on to defeat the University of Southern Maine, 2-0, in Little East Conference women's soccer action at Panther Field.
Sophomore Laura Davis (Pelham, N.Y.) added an insurance goal for the Panthers with 16 minutes remaining to seal the victory. PSU snapped a six-game losing streak and improved to 4-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play, while USM dropped its seventh in a row and fell to 2-10 overall and 0-4 in the Little East.
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the first half but the goalkeepers kept the ball out of the net. PSU senior Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, N.H.) made a diving save midway through the opening 45 minutes, and USM senior Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine) answered with a terrific save on a shot by PSU senior Sam Laliberte (Concord, N.H.) with 10 minutes on the clock.
The Panthers got on the board less than a minute after the opening whistle of the second half when PSU was awarded a penalty kick. Saltalamacchia took the honors and deposited her third goal of the season into the back of the net. Davis added the insurance goal when she collected a loose ball on the left side and drove a ball over the keeper into the far corner for a 2-0 Panther margin.
PSU finished with a total of 14 shots, while the defensive unit allowed only two shots by the Huskies. Rothe finished the match with seven saves while LaBroad had one stop.
Southern Maine plays a non-conference match Wednesday at Colby College. Plymouth State plays its fourth straight home game on Tuesday, hosting Gordon College at 4:30 in a non-conference clash.