PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Four student-athletes from the Keene State men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball programs collected Little East Conference (LEC) weekly honors for their impressive performances in competition over the past week, the league office announced today.
Senior Riley Steele, from Sutton, Mass., was named the LEC Defensive Player of the Week, after playing important roles on both ends of the field. The midfielder tallied one goal, added two assists, and was stalwart on defense to help keep the Owls undefeated. In a 2-1 victory over Castleton, Steele registered the first goal in the 41st minute, when the senior slide a ball between the post and the goalie to give Keene State the lead, before adding an assist to the game-deciding goal in the 68th minute. In a 1-0 shutout win over No. 25 UMass Boston, Steele sent the long pass into the box that setup the game-winning goal with 1:05 remaining in double overtime to seal the victory.
Senior Jason Smith recorded nine saves and earned his first shutout of the season in a 2-0-0 week for the Owls to garner the title of LEC Goalkeeper of the Week. A native of Gales Ferry, Conn. Smith made five saves in a win over Castleton, before registering four saves in a victory over nationally-ranked UMass Boston. Smith kept the Beacons from finding the back of the net to earn his first shutout of the 2017 campaign, as the senior was an integral part in the Owls defeating the three-time defending LEC champion UMass Boston for the first time since 2013.
From New London, Conn., senior Gretchen Greene was named the LEC Defensive Player of the Week, after a career week for the defender. Greene was an intergral part of the defensive line that recorded two shutouts against Framingham State and UMass Boston. In a 1-0 victory over the Beacons, the senior scored the game-winning goal and her first career goal in the 64th minute to lead the Owls to their second consecutive win and extend Keene State's undefeated streak at home to 14 straight games.
Freshman Bailey Wilson earned her first career LEC honor, when the setter was named the LEC Rookie of the Week, after leading Keene State to the best start in history with a 11-0 record. From Moorpark, Calif., the freshman setter averaged 10.25 assists, 2.75 digs and 0.88 service aces per set in a 3-0 week of straight sets for the Owls. She totaled 37 assists, 11 digs and two aces in a 3-0 win over Trinity (Conn.), 23 assists, 11 digs and two aces in a 3-0 LEC victory against Eastern Connecticut State, and handed out 22 assists and added three aces in a 3-0 win over Salve Regina.