(With contributions from Plymouth State Sports Information)
PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Senior Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) scored her sixth goal of the season in the 39th minute and that proved to be enough as the University of Southern Maine Huskies shut out the Plymouth State University Panthers 1-0 in a Little East Conference game Saturday afternoon at Panther Field.
With the victory, the Huskies evened their conference record at 1-1, and improved their overall record to 4-5. The win also snapped a four-match losing skid for the Huskies, and was their first win at PSU since 1998. The Panthers dropped their fifth consecutive game to fall to 0-2 in LEC play and 1-6 overall.
Grant netted the only goal of the match after she was sent in alone against PSU rookie goalkeeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) by junior Mariah Cropley (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat). Grant took a couple of touches before putting her shot past Schmidt and inside the right post.
USM senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) made the goal stand up stopping six shots to earn her second shutout of the season. Cobb made five of her saves in the second half as the Panthers, in search of an equalizing goal, outshot the Huskies 13-2.
PSU had two outstanding chances to score in the final 12 minutes. Senior Molly Todd (Epsom, N.H.) had a good shot with 11 minutes remaining, but it just went over the cross bar. Junior Emily Bell (Derry, N.H.) bounced one off the cross bar from point blank range with seven minutes to play.
Plymouth State finished the match with a 17-7 advantage in shots. Southern Maine took four corner kicks compared to two for PSU. Schmidt registered five saves in the PSU goal.
Southern Maine is on the road again on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) traveling to Brunswick, Maine, to face Bowdoin College. Plymouth State is back in action tomorrow afternoon (2:00 p.m.) hosting Endicott College.