WESTFIELD, Mass.- The Keene State Owls women's soccer team found themselves down in an early hole but battled back just a little short against the Westfield State Owls in a non-conference showdown of the Owls Wednesday night.
Keene State: 2-3-0
Westfield State: 2-2-1
How it Happened:
The Westfield State Owls women's soccer team got off to a quick start in the first half as a foul at the midline caused a free kick for the Westfield State Owls. Morgan Remington took the free kick for Westfield and sent the ball perfectly inside the box finding the foot of Marissa McGue, who picked up her first goal of the season. Both Keene and Westfield would get their chances in the first half, with Westfield getting the better of those chances putting up six shots on goal. Keene State's goalie Abby Terrinca was able to stand tall and only allow one goal in the first half. Keene's Patricia Norton and Victoria Reynolds each registered a shot on goal for the Keene State Owls in the first half, but goalkeeper Lauryn Davis was able to handle the two shots from Keene.
The Westfield State Owls would get their attack going right away in the second half as Bella Eduardo found the twine for Westfield giving them a 2-0 lead. Marissa McGue made a chip ball into the box and Eduardo was able to cash in with goal for the Westfield State Owls. Abby Terrinca tried to come out and play aggressively on the attempt, but Eduardo was too quick on the ball, giving Westfield the two-goal cushion. Just seven minutes later, Westfield State would get on the board for the third time as Hallee Tripp took a feed from across the box and gave Westfield the three-goal edge.
Keene State did not give up in the contest, as they were able to continue to strike shots in the second half. Keene would find goal for the first time in the 54th minute when Kaliana Palhof scored just one minute after Westfield scored their third goal, giving Keene State their first goal of the contest and some life in the game. Palhof took the ball off the shot that hit the post by Alex Kennedy and potted the goal for Keene. Keene State would lead the second half in shots with nine as they were able to put up six on goal.
Late in the second half, Keene's Kayleigh Marshall picked up the first goal of her collegiate career taking a through ball from Victoria Reynolds and sending the ball into the net to give the Keene State Owls once last chance with three minutes to go in the game. With just ten seconds remaining in the game, Keene State was awarded a corner kick. On the corner kick, Keene's Jordyn Abasciano sent a strike to the middle of the box finding the head of Patricia Norton who sent the ball just up and over the bar as time expired. The Keene State Owls suffer their second straight loss at the hands of the Westfield State Owls 3-2.
Inside the Box:
- The Keene State Owls continue to impress in the shot department, putting up a total of 13 in the game. Westfield State was able to match Keene in that department, also putting up 13 total shots.
- Both Abbie Terrinca and Lauryn Davis collected six saves on the evening, for Terrinca she was busiest in the first half with five of her six saves coming in that half, and for Davis she was busiest in the second half with four of her six saves coming in that half.
- Keene's Alex Kennedy and Patricia Norton led the team collecting three shots each in the game. Westfield had five players who shot twice.
- Both Bella Eduardo and Marissa McGue picked up 1 G and 1 A in the game. For McGue, she picks up her first points of the season, whereas Eduardo continues to fill the stat sheet now having two goals and three assists early in the season.
The Keene State Owls will next be in action on the road for a conference matchup against the Anchormen of Rhode Island College on Saturday September 21. That game is slated to begin at 1:00 pm.
The Westfield State Owls will open MASCAC play on Saturday September 21 as they will host the Vikings of Salem State at Alumni Field. Kick-off begins at 2:00 pm.