Wright lifts Plymouth past LaVille
LAKEVILLE — Freshman forward Allie Wright scored the game-winner with under four minutes on the clock, and the Lady Pilgrims earned their second win of the season with a 3-2 victory over LaVille Tuesday at Newton Park.
Wright drove a roller toward the far post and past LaVille’s Abbie McBride as Rachael Principe found Maggie Mahler on a cross into the box, and Mahler’s forward pass split a pair of LaVille defenders to find Wright for the golden goal.
“It was a nice goal. Rachael is probably one of our better crossers, and we were trying to get her in position where she could do that tonight,” said Plymouth head coach Chuck DeWitt.
“It was good for us to get a win.”
“It was unlucky, the third goal. We got it cleared, but it bounced back off one of the midfielders, and that’s the way it goes,” said LaVille head coach Steve Hodge. “But I’m happy with the team. It was a good game.”
The Lancers got on top early with a goal from freshman Grace Ingle on an Erika Fuchs assist in just the third minute, but Courtney Hersick netted the equalizer for Plymouth in the 10th minute, and the two teams went into halftime tied 1-all.
“It made a huge difference, the second half being equal,” said DeWitt. “Getting down early, that was a good individual effort on their part to score. We could’ve defended better, but we didn’t so that was the result. But being able to be tied up put us on equal ground and made us feel a lot more comfortable.”
Principe struck again in the 48th minute to give the visitors a 2-1 edge, but barely a minute later a well-placed corner kick from LaVille’s Nina Zeiger into the box turned into an own goal as it deflected off a Plymouth defender to knot the score at 2-2.
“Gloria has been taking the corner kicks. We’ve had two or three like that; we’ve actually been scoring on corner kicks this year,” Hodge said. “The only thing tonight was we didn’t move to the ball like we have been doing. But Nina will play her heart out for you.”
Pilgrims senior midfielder Krista Vanlue played a strong first half but was sidelined with an injury throughout the second half. Becca Houser took over in goal for Plymouth in the absence of Alayna Homquest, who took a nasty kick to the head over the weekend at Northridge and is out for at least a week with a concussion.
LaVille slips to 7-3 with the loss and will have a three-day layover before returning to action at home against Westville Saturday with the JV game scheduled for 10 a.m.
“I think both teams played very well,” said Hodge. “I think we had a few opportunities early on which we didn’t take. But overall I’m happy with the game; I hope everybody enjoyed it.”
The Pilgrims move to 2-3-3 with Tuesday’s win and return home for another non-conference game with Wheeler tonight at 5 p.m.
“We’re just looking forward to being at home and playing in front of our crowd,” said DeWitt.
• PLYMOUTH 3, LAVILLE 2
At Newton Park
LV — Grace Ingle (Erika Fuchs), 3rd minute
P — Courtney Hersick, 10th minute
P — Rachael Principe, 48th minute
LV — Nina Zeiger (corner kick own goal) 49th minute
P — Allie Wright (Principe, Maggie Mahler), 76th minute
Shots: Plymouth 21, LaVille 14
Saves: Abbie McBride (LV) 7, Becca Houser (Plymouth) 1
Corners: Plymouth 4, LaVille 7
Records: Plymouth 2-3-3, LaVille 7-3