NORTON, Mass. - The Keene State men's soccer program used three different goal scorers to pick up their first win of the season, 3-2, in a non-conference matchup against Wheaton on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 1-0-2
- Wheaton: 1-2-1
How It Happened
After back and forth play dominated the narrative in the opening minutes, senior Promise Kpee was able to tally his first goal of the year in the 20th minute and put the Owls on the board. Freshman Brandon Castor gave Keene State a two-goal cushion when the forward and reigning Little East Conference (LEC) Rookie of the Week scored an unassisted goal in the 26th minute. The Lyons answered back less than a minute later to cut its deficit back to one, when Shawn McCall collected a through pass from Chris Brubaker to make it 2-1, Keene State.
Opening the second half, the Owls regained their two-point advantage in the 63rd minute, when senior Aidan Dean found the back of the net off a feed from senior Conor Leahy to push the score to 3-1, Keene State. Less than five minutes later, Brubaker got a strike of his own for Wheaton, as the defender drilled one home for the Lyons after controlling a cross from Louis Chavez, but neither team would find the back of the net again as time expired for a Keene State victory.
Inside the Box
- Senior Jason Smith made four saves in the win, while Erik Wisniewski stopped three in the setback.
- Wheaton narrowly outshot Keene State, 16-15, and held a slight 4-3 edge on corner kicks.
- Kpee's strike was the 35th goal of his career.
- The Owls improve to an all-time record of 7-11-2 against the Lyons.
- Keene State will play its first game of the season at the Owl Athletic Complex, when the Owls host Castleton on Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m.
- Wheaton will head to New England College on the same day, with the matchup beginning at 7:00 p.m.