Sophomore Justine Beauchamp (Exeter, N.H.) tallied the only goal of the game on a beautiful strike with five minutes remaining in the second half Tuesday evening as Simmons Soccer defeated Plymouth State University, 1-0, in non-conference women's soccer action at Panther Field. With the win, Simmons advances to 1-1 on the season, while PSU drops to 0-2.
"Our team played together tonight and found a way to get a win on the road to gain momentum early in the season," said Head Coach Erica Mastrogiacomo.
The match was scoreless for nearly 85 minutes until Beauchamp took a feed from senior Allie Megna (North Hampton, N.H.) in the middle of the field and blasted a shot from about 30 yards out into the upper left corner of the goal. It was the first goal of the season for the Sharks after nearly 175 minutes of play, and gave Simmons their first win of the year.
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the first half but could not capitalize. PSU had a 10-6 shot advantage in the half, including three good chances in the closing minutes. Freshman Molly Todd got one past Simmons sophomore keeper Ashley Donaghey (Framingham, Mass.), but the shot trickled wide. A minute later, senior Rebecca Wilson rang a shot off the crossbar, and freshman Cassie Graham did the same with a minute to go in the half.
Shots were hard to come by in the second half as the defenses kept the scoring opportunities to a minimum. It looked like the match was headed into overtime when Beauchamp scored the game-winner with 5:41 on the clock.
"Allie and Justine were consistent for the entire match and overwhelmed the PSU midfield, while Ally Ayotte put pressure on the PSU defense with her speed," said Mastrogiacomo. "First year Kathleen Sullivan earned her first collegiate start and played 90 minutes on the flank. She had two shots on goal and made numerous contributions to the Sharks' offense."
Donaghey made eight saves in goal for the Sharks to record her first shutout of the season. Junior Angelina LaBroad finished with six saves for PSU.
Simmons is back in action this weekend at the Wellesley Tournament. PSU will look for their first win of the season on Thursday at New England College.