#3 Seeded Owls Upset by #6 Seeded Castleton

KEENE, N.H.- The Keene State Owls women's soccer team was upset by the #6 seeded Castleton University Spartans, 4-2 from Dr. Rom Butcher Field on Tuesday evening in quarterfinal action. 


#3 Keene State: 10-9-0 

#6 Castleton University: 10-9-0

How it Happened:

Both the Spartans and the Owls looked to draw first the the quarterfinal match, putting up multiple shots with few scoring chances. It would be Keene State who struck first in the 24th minute when Alyssa Wilcox dribbled the ball down the right side of the field. Wilcox made a heads-up pass to Patricia Norton who took a step and curled the ball into the middle of the net. The ball deflected off the hands of GK Loren Henderson and into the cage, giving the Owls the 1-0 lead. 

Castleton would not let that lead remain on the board for very long as Taylor Mann found goal on a pass from the Spartans leading scorer in the regular season Rylee Nichols. Nichols made a cross over to Mann and she was able to head the ball into the goal, tying the game at one all. 

The Owls led the first half in shots with 10 to the Spartans seven. Both team managed to put up five shots on goal, with goalkeepers Abbie Terrinca for Keene and Loren Henderson for Castleton coming away with four saves in the half. 

The Spartans would come out to strike first and pick up their second goal of the game ten minutes into the second half when Rylee Nichols took a shot from just inside the box. Nichols found a failed clearing attempt by the Owls and used her right foot to send the ball up and over the outstretched reach of Owls GK Abbie Terrinca. The Spartans took a 2-1 lead, a lead they held for 15 minutes of game play.

The Owls would answer with a goal by Sarah Carron who was able to scoop up a loose ball inside the box. Off a free kick, the Owls saw the ball pinball around inside the box. GK Loren Henderson tried to make a play on the ball but the ball bounced over to Sarah Carron who used her left foot to plant the ball into the open cage. The Owls would tie the game 2-2. 

The tie would be broken in the 78th minute by the Spartans when Tatum Shappy took a shot from deep outside the box that found goal. Shappy placed the ball under the ball and just over the hand of GK Abbie Terrinca, giving the Spartans a 3-2 lead. The Spartans would hold on to that lead and add an additional goal giving the Spartans a two-goal lead. A free kick was awarded after a foul was committed by the Owls just outside the box. Makenzi Bellando took the kick towards goal and saw the ball deflect off the head of Julia Carone and into the net, giving the Spartans the 4-2 lead, a lead they would hold onto until the horn sounded. 

In the half, GK Abbie Terrinca made three saves of the Spartans six shots on goal. GK Loren Henderson came away with four saves on five shots on goal by the Owls. KSC had the slim margin in total shots in the full 90 minutes, leading 17-16. With the win, the Spartans move on to face the Colonials of Western Connecticut State University. The Owls finish the 2019 campaign with a 10-9-0 record. 

Inside the Box:

  • Spartans point leader continued to pile on the points tonight after scoring a goal and adding an assist. Rylee Nichols saw points on the first two goals of the game for the Spartans. 
  • Senior captain Patricia Norton finishes her incredible career as an Owl by scoring a goal in tonight's quarterfinal matchup. It is Norton's sixth goal of the season. Norton netted 17 goals and added 13 assists for the Owls from 2015-2019.
  • GK Loren Henderson came away with eight total saves in the contest. Henderson doubles her save total from the last time these two teams met (9/14). 
  • KSC's Jordyn Abasciano led the Owls in shots with four on the evening. The Spartans Tatum Shappy matched Abasciano with that number for the team high. 

Up Next:

  • The Spartans will move on to face the #2 seeded Colonials of Western Connecticut State University at Western Connecticut. Kick-off will be on Thursday, November 7. 
  • The season comes to an end for the Owls after the loss. Keene State finishes the season with a 10-9-0 record.