Two Second-Half Goals Lifts Owls Past Blue Jays 2-0; Will Face Worcester State for ECAC Title

WORCESTER, MASS. 11/12/11 – Advancing to the ECAC Northeast Championship game for the third year in a row, the Keene State College women's soccer team dropped St. Joseph's College (CT) 2-0 at Worcester State on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, host and top-seeded Worcester State defeated UMass Boston 1-0 on a goal from Lancer forward Danielle Clifford to advance to the Championship contest that will be played tomorrow at Noon at Worcester State. KSC and Worcester State will be facing each other for the second time this season. Back on September 29th, the Lancers topped the Owls 3-1 in Worcester.

"I think it will be a battle," said Lyons about Sunday's final.  They beat us earlier this season in a very physical game.  The players want a little revenge, so I know they'll be ready."

The Owls will be looking for their third consecutive ECAC title and fourth in program history, while the Lancers will be seeking their first ECAC Championship in program history.

After a scoreless tie after the first half, The Owls tacked on two goals in the neutral site victory.

Senior midfielder Sia Karamourtopolous (Fremont, N.H.) hit the scoreboard first, in the games 68th minute, off a feed from sophomore forward Jessica Berthiaume (Worcester, Mass.) to beat Blue Jay goaltender Holly Mirabella (Seymour, Conn.) and give KSC the 1-0 advantage.

At the 77:17 mark, Keene State extended their lead to 2-0 on a goal from freshman forward Kelly Burrell (Cumberland, Maine) for her third marker of the season. Senior Erin Griffin (Londonderry, N.H.) and Berthiaume were both credited with assists on the goal.

Mirabella kept St. Joseph's in the game, making 11 saves on the game but allowed two goals in the losing effort. Senior netminder Megan Dempsey (East Weymouth, Mass.) made four saves in the shutout victory.

The Owls outshot the Blue Jays 27-13 on the match and held the advantage in corners at 4-1.