SALEM, Mass. – Jenna Martin (Salem, N.H.) and Justine Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) each scored a goal apiece and Worcester State's defense held Salem State to just one shot on goal as the Lancers ended the Vikings' six-game win-streak with a 2-0 shutout Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
October 14, 2017
Score: Worcester State 2, Salem State 0
Records: Worcester State (8-4-2, 4-1 MASCAC) | Salem State (7-5-1, 3-2 MASCAC)
Worcester State was the aggressor in the first half, as they stifled the Salem State attack, and kept constant pressure on the Vikings' defense. Martin banged in a rebound in the 8th minute, set up by one of the Lancers four first half corner kicks, after Salem State goalie Amanda Backe (Danvers, Mass.) made the initial stop, but she could not corral the ball as Martin put Worcester State on top 1-0 early in the first.
The Lancers carried the 1-0 lead into the second half where the Lancers again were able to limit Salem State offensively. Worcester State however was unable to put the game out of reach as the Lancers missed several opportunities, including an open look by Kaitlin Beluzo (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) in the 76th minute that was turned away by a diving Backe.
Butler finally gave Worcester State some breathing room as she converted a corner kick off the foot of Maddie Fong (Norton, Mass.) in the 81st minute for a 2-0 advantage. The defense did the rest as Salem State did not record a shot until Casey McFall Wilmington, Mass.) had one in the 85th minute.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Jill Zinkus (Grafton, Mass.) earned the shutout with one stop for Worcester State.
- Backe was credited with seven saves in the loss.
- Worcester State held a 10-1 margin in shots, and took seven corners to just two for the Vikings.
The Lancers return home next Saturday (Oct. 21) when they host Framingham State in an 11 a.m. homecoming game.
Release Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information