Men's Soccer Upsets No. 25 Beacons In Double Overtime

Men's Soccer Upsets No. 25 Beacons In Double Overtime

BOSTON, Mass.--Sophomore Donovan Harris struck home the game winner with 1:05 left in double overtime as the Keene State College men's soccer team stunned No. 25 and three-time defending Little East Conference champion UMass Boston at James Cotter Field on Saturday evening.

Records

  • Keene State: 3-0-2, 1-0 LEC
  • UMass Boston: 2-1-2, 0-1 LEC

How it Happened

The Owls were outshot 20-8, but limited the Beacons to just five shots on goal, all of which were saved by senior goalie Jason Smith.   KSC managed just four shots through regulation and the first overtime, but outshot UMass Boston 4-1 in the final stanza, including Harris' game winner with 65 seconds left.

Harris scored his first goal of the season following a long pass across the box from senior Riley Steele, giving him a 1-on-1 with the goalie before beating him for his first career game winning goal.

Smith made his first save of the night when he kept Marcelo Cunha off the board in the 24th minute, and the Beacons' Jonathan Cardoso hit the crossbar just before halftime.  Smith saved again, this time from Raffi DeSouza, while the Owls' Conor Leahy planted a header wide in the 63rd minute.  The Owls took control in the second overtime, with Promise Kpee, Brandon Castor, and Harris all having shots blocked before Steele set up Harris for the winner.

In the Box

  • It was the first win over the Beacons since a 3-1 win on September 19, 2013.  The Owls had been 0-2-2 against UMass Boston since then, including a 2-1, double overtime defeat in the 2014 LEC Championship game.
  • It was the third game this season to go into double overtime for Keene State.  The Owls have played just over a full additional half of soccer (48:55) over the five games thus far this season.
  • Keene State beat a nationally ranked opponent for the first time since beating No. 12 Eastern Connecticut State University on September 25, 2010.

Up Next

  • The Owls return home to host Middlebury College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20.
  • The Beacons will also be in action on Wednesday evening, traveling to Worcester State University for a 7 p.m. kickoff