Women’s Soccer Collects 2-1 Overtime Win at Plymouth State

releigh griffiths dribbles the ball

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – In its fourth game of the year decided by a one-goal difference, Southern Vermont College celebrated a 2-1 overtime victory over Plymouth State University Wednesday afternoon in non-conference women's soccer action at Arold Field.

SVC freshman Rileigh Griffiths (Milford, N.Y.) ended the evening in the 96th minute when she knocked home her second goal of the year.

Neither side could get on the scoreboard in the opening 45 minutes, but the Mountaineers broke the stalemate early into the second half for the 1-0 edge. The Panthers evened it with a match-tying goal in the 62nd minute, and the 1-1 tally stood through the end of regulation. Midway through the overtime period, SVC notched the game winner for the team's second victory in its last three tilts.

Southern Vermont is now 2-3 on the year after its second overtime contest of the season. The Mountaineers begin New England Collegiate Conference action with their next game as SVC visits Lesley University on Saturday for a 7 p.m. start.

Mountaineer junior Ally McNamee (Freehold, N.J.) scored her first goal of the year to put her team on top in the second stanza, and Griffiths then registered her second game-winning goal of her rookie season for the visitors to celebrate.

Senior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made 10 saves for SVC in the win (2-3); those stops give her a total of 489 career saves—moving her just past Southern Vermont Hall of Famer Denise Welch '97 (488) for second on the school's all-time record list. Through the team's first five games of 2017, Mascari and the Mountaineer defense are bolstering a goals against average of 1.16.

PSU held a 23-4 advantage in shots taken and was awarded a 4-1 upper hand in corner kicks. The Mountaineers were credited with only three shots on goals to the Panthers' 11 but made the most of them with the pair of strikes.