Men's Soccer: Owls Falls in 2-OT 3-2
'KEENE, N.H. 10/30/06 - Mike Reda's (Medford, Mass) goal at the 6:37 mark of the second overtime lifted UMass-Boston to a 3-2 win over Keene State College in a Little East Conference men's soccer game played at Owl Athletic Complex on Monday.
With the loss, KSC (12-5-1, 4-2-1 LEC) will be the second seed in the upcoming LEC tournament and host third seed R.I. College on Thursday at 6 p.m. With the win, UMB (11-7, 4-3 LEC) gains the fourth and final seed in the tournament and will travel to top seed Plymouth State on Thursday.
The Owls didn't waste anytime getting on the board. Eric Scott (West Springfield , Mass.) took a center pass from Scott Cluff (Kingston, Mass.) and beat the Beacon goalie with a shot to the far top corner of the net at the 1:03 mark. It was Scott's seventh goal of the season.
The Beacons tied the game 1-1 on a quick free kick by Romeo Zeqo (Medford, Mass.) that went over the shoulder of Owl goalie Peter Kersker (Beverly, Mass.) from the top of the box.
Igor DaCruz (Cambridge, Mass.) put in a rebound of a shot by Emile Pierre-Louis (Medford, Mass.) to give UMass-Boston a 2-1 lead at the 56:13 mark.
Zeqo had a couple of chances to give UMB a two goal lead later in the half but his first shot just rolled by the far post and his second shot hit off the cross bar.
KSC's had an opportunity to tie the game at the 17:02 mark when Brendan Flynn's (Dunbarton, N.H.) header off a throw-in went just over the cross bar.
The Owls got the equalizer with 5:58 remaining in the second half when Alex Horne, after being pulled down in the box, scored on a penalty kick to the upper left corner.
In the first overtime, Cluff's shot following a throw-in just missed the far post. KSC flooded the UMB net with multiple shots in the final moments of the first overtime, but couldn't get on the game-winner.
Minutes into the second overtime, Ralph Roco and Horne had bids off a corner were stopped by UMB goalie Paul Maniscalco.
Moments later Reda picked up a loose ball and fired in the game-winner for the Beacons.
Kersker had four saves for the Owls while Maniscalco stopped nine shots for the Beacons.