WESTFIELD, Mass. - Ally McCall and Kelsey Roberts connected twice as the Keene State College field hockey team opened Little East Conference play with a 2-1 win over Westfield State University Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
- Keene State: 2-3, 1-0 LEC
- Westfield State: 3-3, 0-1 LEC
How It Happened
The Owls struck early, but then watched Westfield tie it less than 10 minutes later before eventually scoring the game-winner in the 50th minute. The first McCall to Roberts connection came at the 6:27 mark, as KSC took a 1-0 lead on what ended up being their only shot of the opening quarter. Westfield had just two shot attempts themselves in the first 15 minutes, one of which was stopped by Keene State keeper Rachel Loseby a little over a minute before the goal.
From there, KSC dominated territorially, outshooting the hosts 24-4 over the final three quarters, but WSU's Riley Goulet (3-3), who made 13 stops in the contest, kept her team in it the whole way, including a stop on Kayla Klein in the opening two mintues of the second quarter. Westfield then tied the game in the 19th minute when Cheryl Latona put home a rebound of Allie Giguere's shot to tie the game at one. Keene State had four corner opportunities and eight shot attempts in the final four minutes of the first half, but Goulet made five stops in that span to keep it a 1-1 game at the break.
The third quarter was more of the same, as KSC controlled play, but could not find the back of the cage as they watched two more shots get denied by Goulet and three others blocked. Tied 1-1 into the fourth, the Owls broke though with just under 11 minutes to go as McCall slid the ball over to Roberts in the top of the circle, who backhanded one into to back of the cage for her second of the game, giving KSC a 2-1 lead. Goulet continued to keep her team in it, as she made four more saves over the final 10 minutes to keep it a one-goal game, but Keene State held Westfield without a shot attempt in the fourth quarter and just one overall in the second half.
Loseby (2-3) made two stops in the win.
- KSC held a wide 25-6 edge in shots, including 16-3 on goal. McCall had a game-high nine shots (six on target), while Klein had six, five on goal. The Owls also had 11 of the 12 penalty corners in the game.
- Roberts' multi-goal game is the second of her career. She also scored twice in the semifinals of the Little East tournament against Southern Maine last November 2.
- Keene State has won 30 of 32 all-time meetings.
- Keene State continues their four-game road trip with a visit to Colby-Sawyer College on Tuesday, September 17 at 4:00 pm.
- Westfield State travels to Western New England University on Monday, September 16 for a 7:00 pm start.