PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) had a goal and an assist, including the game-winning goal, to lead the Plymouth State University Panthers to a 3-2 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Arold Field.
The win marks the first conference win of the season for the Panthers, and moves their record 6-6 overall, and 1-4 in the Little East. The loss is the 10th straight to fall to 2-11 overall, and 0-5 in the LEC.
Scoring late in the first half, Plymouth State took a 1-0 lead over the Huskies into the halftime break. Panther freshman Sofia Karlsson (Vaxjo, Sweden) scored the first goal of the game for PSU in the 37th minute. Just minutes into the second half, Plymouth State doubled its advantage to 2-0 when Catania fed junior Sabrina Sweeney (Raymond, N.H.) for a marker in the 47th minute.
Southern Maine rallied to trim its deficit to one goal in the 59th minute when junior forward Olivia Mull (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) scored her first goal of the season for a 2-1 PSU lead. PSU returned the game to a two-goal advantage in the 77th on an unassisted strike from Catania. USM again pulled to within a goal of the Panthers in the 81st minute on a score from freshman Abigail Mazza (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley), but the Huskies were unable to get the equalizer in the final nine minutes for the 3-2 final.
Plymouth State held a 13-7 lead in shots, and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Southern Maine junior goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made nine saves in the loss. PSU goalkeeper junior Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.) made five saves in the win.
Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) against non-conference opponent Fitchburg State.