KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State men's soccer program suffered its first loss of the season 2-0 in a non-conference matchup against Middlebury on Wednesday night at the Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 3-1-2, 1-0 LEC
- Middlebury: 5-1, 2-1 NESCAC
How It Happened
Middlebury started off strong offensively, getting on the board quickly in the sixth minute. Drew Goulart collected the ball at the top of the Owls' box and fired off a shot that smashed into the crossbar, but the rebound was picked up by Fazl Shaikh, who sent the ball into the back of the net to give the Panthers an early 1-0 lead. Keene State picked up the offense midway through the first half, as the Owls earned a pair of free kicks that sent Keene State's front line soaring into the box, but the Middlebury defense was able to clear the opportunities and keep the home team at bay. Junior Keegan LaBerge ripped off back-to-back shots from outside the box in the 36th and 37th minute, but the Panthers' goalkeeper Jeremy Yaeger was in place both times to make the pair of saves.
Back-and-forth play opened the second half, as each team found early opportunities, yet neither was able to convert. The Owls looked to strike with just over nine minutes gone, as senior Aidan Dean's corner kick landed at the feet of senior William Salta, but the chance was blocked. Middlebury was able to capitalized on an opportunity late in the game, as the Panthers earned a free kick in the box. With 3:08 remianing, Ben Potter sent a short pass to Drew Goulart, who tucked the ball past an outstretched senior Jason Smith to double the lead for the visitors. Salta fired off a shot with less than a minute remaining in regulation, but Yaegar made the save once again to preserve the shutout.
Inside the Box
- Between the pipes, Smith registered four saves for the Owls, while Yaeger picked up four for the Panthers over 90 minutes of play.
- Middlebury held a 15-9 advantage in shots over Keene State and the Panthers slightly edged the Owls 5-3 in corner kicks.
- Keene State now holds an all-time record of 3-5 against Middlebury.
- Keene State will play its second Little East Conference (LEC) game on Saturday, September 23rd, when the Owls host the Western Connecticut State Colonials at 12:30 p.m.
- Middlebury continues their two-game road series, as the Panthers head to Bowdoin for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) game at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.