CHICOPEE, Mass.- The Keene State Owls men's soccer team came alive in the second half scoring three goals in six minutes, lifting them over the Elms College Blazers 5-2.
- Keene State: 4-1-0
- Elms: 1-3-1
How it Happened:
The Owls came out hot after looking to bounce back from their previous non-conference defeat to the No.1 team in division three soccer the Tufts University Jumbos. The Owls saw productive chances from Emmanuel Smith in the first half. Smith registered four total shots, with two on goal both being swallowed by Elms goalkeeper Julian Brosi. Keene's best chance came late in the first half when Henry Cummings hit the cross bar in the 44thminute for the Owls. The Owls shot a total of 12 times in the first half, with seven of the 12 shots being on target. The Blazers were unable to register a shot on goal in the first half but were able to put up two shots in total.
It was the Blazers who came out of halftime with the competitive edge and struck for the first goal of the game when Michael Lemke put a shot past the starting netminder for the Owls Gavin Fitzpatrick, giving the Blazers a 1-0 lead. That lead for the Blazers was very short lived, as just one minute and nine seconds later the Owls would get on the board when Donovan Harris was able to capitalize and find the back of the net knotting the game at one goal apiece.
Keene State came out firing after the goal from Harris, as they would collect their second and third goals of the afternoon just two and a half minutes apart from each other. LJ Luster found his first goal of the season giving the Owls a 2-1 lead when he received a pass from Connor Downey and was able to pick his shot and tally the go-ahead goal for the Owls, followed by Emmanuel Smith picking up his team leading fourth goal of the season, giving the Owls a two-goal advantage.
The Owls would continue to dominate in the shot department and in the possession game as well. Emmanuel Smith would find the twine for the second time of the game in the 65th minute, when the Owls were given a corner kick and were able to dial up a play which found Emmanuel Smith inside the box and he was able to pick up his second goal of the game and his second career multi-goal game of his Owls career.
The Owls would add an extra tally late in the game when Vance Bates took a pass from Dale Dubinsky and found the lower right corner of the net, giving the Owls the 5-1 lead. The Blazers would pick up their second goal of the game late in the second half, but it was not enough to succumb the five straight the Owls scored. The Blazers had seven shots in the second half and put all five of their shots on goal in the second half, but the Owls were able to come away with their fourth victory of the season, defeating the Elms College Blazers 5-2.
Inside the Box:
- The Owls saw themselves fall behind 1-0 early but scored five straight goals in the second half to capture the victory. It is the first time the Owls have scored five goals in a game since October 12, 2016 in a 7-0 victory over Lasell University.
- Emmanuel Smith picks up his second career multi-goal game of his career. He currently leads the team with five goals in five games.
- The Blazers goalkeeper Julian Brosi was kept busy all afternoon long, making a total of 13 saves while allowing five goal in the second half to the Owls. This ties his most saves in a game in his career.
- Keene's GK Gavin Fitzpatrick picks up his first win of the season making a total of three saves in the 5-2 win.
- All seven goals in the contest were registered in the second half of the game.
- The Owls will open conference play at the Owl Athletic Complex on Saturday, September 21stat 3:00 pm when they host Rhode Island College.
- The Blazers will remain at home and continue their non-conference schedule as they will host Albertus Magnus College at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 18th.