Two First Career Tallies Lift Owls Over Spartans in LEC Play

KEENE, N.H.- The Keene State Owls men's soccer team put in three consecutive goals in the first half, powered by two goals by players that put up their first career tallies, in a 3-1 win over the Castleton University Spartans.


  • Keene State 8-2-0 (2-0-0 LEC)
  • Castleton 3-7-0 (1-2-0 LEC)

How it Happened:

Henry Cummings picked up his first career goal in his second season with the Owls when he was able to score the early goal for the Owls. Keene State's Emmanuel Smith sent a cross ball through the box and found the left foot of Henry Cummings who was able to beat the diving goalie for the Spartans Alex Fernald and into the back of the net. The Owls took a 1-0 lead just under six minutes into the contest.

KSC would continue to harp on the attack on the Spartans, not giving the Spartans a lot of room to work with, shutting down multiple chances for the Spartans. Owls GK Anthony Pasciuto came up with two saves in the first half. Keene State picked up the second goal in the 22nd minute when LJ Luster passed the ball from the right side to the top of the box where Emmanuel Smith found the ball and was able to curl the ball into the left side of the net, giving the Owls the 2-0 lead.

The Owls would register a third goal just 11 minutes after their second goal when Josue Assantha got the ball in open space and took a shot from 10 yards outside the box and buried the Owls third goal in the top left corner of the net. The Owls put together 12 total shots in the first half with Alex Fernald making two saves out of the five shots on goal. The Spartans were only able to collect five shots in the first half.

In the second half, it was the Spartans who were able to take advantage of a hand ball inside the box which resulted in a penalty shot. Castleton's Jack Kingdon was able to sneak the shot just passed the hands of GK Anthony Pasciuto for the Owls, giving the Spartans their first goal of the contest.

Castleton's pressure would get the Owls back on their heels in the second half but the back line of defense that the Owls have was too strong for the Spartans to get by in the contest. Keene State would pick up the 3-1 victory, improving their conference record to 2-0 on the season. 

Inside the Box:

  • KSC and Castleton both shot five times in the second half, as well as had two saves by their respective goaltenders.
  • The Owls Emmanuel Smith picks up goal number nine on the season. He is tied for second most goals in the league with Castleton's loan goal scorer of the contest Jack Kingdon. 
  • Both Henry Cummings, and Josue Assantha picked up their first career goals for the Owls in the 3-1 win.

Up Next:

  • Keene State heads on the road where they will play their first road conference game against Western Connecticut State on Saturday, October 5 at 1:00 pm.
  • Castleton will return home to take on Rhode Island College at 2:00 pm on the same date.