NEWTON, Mass.-The Keene State Owls men's soccer team extended their winning streak to three games after showing dominance on the field including two goals from Emmanuel Smith Monday afternoon, defeating the Lasell University Lasers 4-0 from Taylor Field.
- Keene State: 6-1-0
- Lasell University: 1-8-0
How it Happened:
From the start of the game, Keene State dominated the attack and was able to put much pressure on the back line of the Lasers as well as the goalkeeper for Lasell Chris Tran. The Owls took the first three shots in the game, spending much of that time in the attacking zone. The Owls pressure finally got to the back line of defense of the Lasers when Emmanuel Smith put up his first goal of the afternoon in the 13th minute. Smith moved in all alone and was able to find the back of the net to give the Owls the quick 1-0 lead. The Lasers would put up their first and only shot of the first half in the 13th minute by Jake Ouellette, but it was wide to the right of the netminder Gavin Fitzpatrick.
Keene State would keep the ball in the offensive zone for much of the first half, picking up their second goal of the contest when Emmanuel Smith used some dribble moves to get by a defender inside the box and chipped the ball up and over the head of Lasers GK Chris Tran and into the top right corner of the net. For Smith, he collects his second goal of the contest as well as his 8th goal of the season. Just six minutes later, KSC would add their third goal of the game when Vance Bates took a cross crease pass from LJ Luster and tucked the ball into the wide open net, scoring the 3rd Owls goal. In total, Keene would tally 13 shots in the first half, with eight shots on goal. The Lasers GK Chris Tran came away with five saves in the first half. Gavin Fitzpatrick was not tested in the first half.
In the second half, more of the same would come out of the attacking zone by the Owls. Just five minutes into the second half, the Owls would find twine for their fourth goal of the game. Senior Dale Dubinsky would pick up his first goal of the season when he took a pass from Donovan Harris and put the ball past the goalkeeper for the Lasers and gave KSC the 4-0 lead. The Owls would use three goalies of their own in the contest, with Gavin Fitzpatrick playing the first 60 minutes, followed by Nate Howard and Tyler Fernandez splitting time in the second half.
Lasell would put up their first shot on goal in the second half in the 70th minute, but goalie Nate Howard persevered the shutout for the Owls. Keene State would tally for their final time in the game on a career first for Anthony Fonseca who beat the Lasers GK Chris Tran off a pass from Josue Assantha, who also picks up his first career point in his collegiate career. The Lasers best chance of the afternoon would come in the 82nd minute when Simon Nigro took a shot that was placed just up and over the bar. The Owls would out shoot the Lasers 12-4 in the second half and win the game 5-0.
Inside the Box:
- Keene State's attack was very apparent in the contest, picking up 25 total shots in the game compared to Lasell's five.
- There was just one corner kick in the contest, which belonged to the Lasers that came in the 88th minute.
- GK Chris Tran came up with ten saves on the afternoon for the Lasers, marking his second highest save total on the season.
- The Owls split time between three goalies on the afternoon seeing action from Gavin Fitzpatrick, Nate Howard, and Tyler Fernandez. The three Owls goalkeepers combined for one save in the contest.
- KSC's Emmanuel Smith now has eight goals on the young season in seven games played. Smith had a total of six goals in 13 games played last season.
- The Owls will return home for a non-conference battle with the Cougars of Clark University at their newly renamed Dr. Ron Butcher Field on Wednesday September 25th for a 6:30 pm kickoff.
- The Lasers will be on the road for a GNAC game at Albertus Magnus College Saturday September 28 for a 1 pm start time.