KEENE, N.H. - Krista Petersen found the back of the net for Eastern Connecticut State in the first half for what was the eventual game-deciding strike, as the Keene State women's soccer program fell to the Warriors, 1-0, in a Little East Conference (LEC) battle on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 8-6-0, 3-2-0 LEC
- Eastern Connecticut State: 6-6-3, 4-0-1
How It Happened
Keene State put on the pressure early, when a header shot by senior Taylor Farland in the 7th minute went high, followed by a long strike from Kali Santino in the 12th minute that sailed just over the crossbar. Eastern Connecticut State responded by jumping on the board, as the Warriors were awarded a corner kick at the 13:18 mark, taken by Maggie Bodington. The forward sent a soaring ball into the box, which was found by Krista Peterson, who fired it into the back of the net. Eastern Connecticut State nearly doubled their lead in the 34th minute, when Anna Manser sprinted down the field for a breakaway, but the Owls' goalkeeper Shelby Offord came out of the goal and halted the Warriors' play.
Keene State once again aimed to get one past Eastern Connecticut State in the early minutes of the second half, as the Owls earned three corner kicks in the first five minutes. Back-to-back shots by Farland tested the Warriors' defense and goalkeeper Kayla Labrecque, but the goaltender was in place to make the saves. Keene State continued to apply pressure on Eastern Connecticut State midway through the second half, as a header shot by senior Tori Laires off a corner kick by senior Katie Silegy was saved by Labrecque. With less than a minute remaining in regulation, the Owls produced one last opportunity, as Silegy sent a pass to Farland, who then connected with senior Morgan Kathan. The forward collected the ball and ripped off a shot, but her chance was blocked to squander Keene State's final attempt to equalize.
Inside the Box
- The two teams each had 20 shots over 90 minutes of play, as Keene State edged Eastern Connecticut State in shots on goal, 11-7, and in corner kicks, 9-4.
- In net, Offord tallied six saves for Keene State, while Labrecque keep the Owls at bay with 11 stops for Eastern Connecticut State.
- Silegy led the shot-count for the Owls with three shots on goal and six overall, followed by Farland, who fired off three of her four shots on goal. For the Warriors, Bodington registered seven shots.
- Keene State heads to Bridgewater State on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. for a non-conference tilt.
- Eastern Connecticut State will welcome LEC-opponent UMass Boston on Friday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m.