Women’s Soccer Battles Plymouth State to 3-3 Draw

molly madore dribbles the ball

BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College and Plymouth State University played to a 3-3 draw Thursday afternoon in non-conference women's soccer action at Everett Field.

SVC tied it at 1-1 with 12 seconds left in the first half and then had to even things again at 3-3 with less than 15 minutes remaining in regulation. Overtime would be needed for the second-straight meeting between the two sides, but Thursday's matchup would not produce a winner as the 20 extra minutes went scoreless.

Both teams are back in action on Saturday with league contests; Southern Vermont (0-4-2) visits Eastern Nazarene for a 12 p.m. New England Collegiate Conference start at Union Point Sports Complex while PSU (4-1-1) hosts the University of Southern Maine for a 1 p.m. Little East Conference matchup.

Plymouth State had the better chances of the two sides during the bulk of the first half and had an 8-1 upper hand in shots through the opening 38 minutes of action. Despite only two of those Panther takes being on frame, one of them was advantageous as it found the back of the net. PSU sophomore Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) collected the ball on the right side of the pitch, turned, and laced a shot into the lower-left corner of the cage for her sixth goal of the year.

Southern Vermont would start to knock on the door, however, and put three shots on net in the final seven minutes of the period. The last of those tied it up as sophomore Jayne Wierzbicki (Wilmington, Mass.) brought the ball down the right side of the field and sent a lofting shot over the PSU keeper into the left side of the goal for her first score of the season.

The Panthers came out of the intermission and controlled the ball in SVC's zone for the front end of the second stanza; they put two of their four shots on goal, but neither of those were of significant quality and made for easy saves for Mountaineer junior keeper Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.).

Eventually, one of Southern Vermont's clears became fruitful for the hosts and put the Mountaineers on top. As the ball crossed over the midfield line, the PSU defense couldn't connect to send it the other way and allowed SVC sophomore Rileigh Griffiths (Milford, N.Y.) to get it and take a few touches through open space before slotting her first of the year into the lower-right corner.

Plymouth State would come back, however, and regain the lead with a pair of unconventional tallies. The first came in the 70th minute when a Panther free kick was misdirected off a Mountaineer's head and slipped past Jarosz. The second was notched less than two minutes later when an injury stoppage made way for the officials to deliberate and conclude that a penalty kick should be awarded to the visitors. Senior Sabrina Sweeney (Raymond, N.H.) was elected to take it, and she let her third goal of the year fly high and down the middle.

With under 15 minutes left to go, Southern Vermont got a good-looking equalizer to force overtime. Wierzbicki worked the ball in the left corner of the field and got a great cross off—sending it to the back post; freshman Kaiden Gauthier (Bennington, Vt.) met it there and punched home her second goal of the year with a left-footed volley and 14:48 on the clock.

Plymouth State maintained possession through a majority of the two overtime frames and took a 9-1 advantage in shots. Jarosz denied each of the three on net, however, including one that required her to making a diving save on a drive from the top of the box just 2:39 into the first extra period. The SVC defense tightened up in the second overtime and ensured that the Mountaineers would at least walk out with the tie.